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Opponents Of California Law Protecting Transgender Students File Suit Against Secretary Of State

Last August, California Governor Jerry Brown (right) signed AB 1266 into law, effectively protecting the rights of transgender students across the state to utilize whichever locker room and bathroom facilities match their gender identities, and to choose sports teams in a similar fashion.

The bill received a large amount of conservative backlash at the time, with one referendum petition from the group Privacy for All Students receiving nearly 500,000 valid signatures, falling just short of the amount needed to get on the 2014 ballot. Though the manual recount of the petition yielded similar results, opponents believe that some signatures were thrown out. Now they have filed suit against California's secretary of state.

JerrybrownThe Daily Bulletin reports:

“We have served the Secretary of State with another legal action asking her to qualify the referendum and we have served county officials across the state with a demand for the documents to prove the abuse of discretion in rejecting more than 131,000 signatures,” Gina Gleason, director of faith and public policy at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, wrote in a press release issued Tuesday morning...

“Keeping boys out of the girls’ bathroom and locker room is an issue of privacy and safety,” she wrote to PFAS supporters. “Counting all of the valid signatures is an issue of integrity and trust. We must fight for all of these things. Thank you for your continued support in this battle.”

The flagrant disregard for the sensitivities and tact necessary when discussing youth who are transgender-identified is disturbing. The evidence being used by the Pacific Justice Institute, the firm working with Privacy for All Students, while justifiably outraged, seems sketchy at best.

In the PFAS press release, Matthew McReynolds, an attorney for the Pacific Justice Institute...said his signature was one of those rejected by his local registrar of voters.

“You read that correctly -- a petition from one of the key backers of the referendum, more familiar than most with the rules, was not good enough to satisfy elections workers here in Sacramento County,” he wrote. “So what did I do wrong? The explanation was that my signature didn’t look exactly like it had on my registration card. And you know what? They’re probably right; my signature has undoubtedly changed over the last few years as I have become totally blind and no longer able to see what I’ve written. That’s a long story that I’ll save for another day. But my disability shouldn’t prevent me from participating in such a core function of democracy as signing a referendum petition.

“What’s really scary is that I only found out I had been disenfranchised because I am very involved in the massive effort by the Privacy for All Students coalition to examine the signatures that were invalidated.”

Proponents of the bill are confident that the lawsuit will not hold up and that the fate of AB 1266 remains secure.

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  1. So signatures that look totally different than your voter registration card should be accepted anyway? Nice try, but I don't think so.

    They knew that these types of rejections would happen, and they should have over collected the number of signatures needed in order to ensure they had enough valid signatures for their proposal. They didn't so this, so...too bad so sad!

    Posted by: Howard B | Mar 27, 2014 12:53:58 PM


  2. Wow, such sore, hateful people. Just think of all the actual good these people could do with the amount and time and energy they dedicate to hating and denigrating Trans youths. Cue the transphobic trolls posting comments denying Trans people their humanity and calling them freaks. And cue even more trolls complaining that T issues have no relevance to LGB issues.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 27, 2014 1:02:43 PM


  3. "I have become totally blind and no longer able to see..."

    Damn if that statement doesn't cover his mind's cognitive functions as well.

    Posted by: unruly | Mar 27, 2014 1:04:53 PM


  4. This is a win-win for LGBs. Antigay Christians fighting antigay trans activists. Let them go after each other.

    I don't think this lawsuit will succeed, but the conservative group will then be able to pursue their effort as an initiative. They will have double the time to collect signatures, so they will get this on the ballot in 2015 and it will be repealed. So the result will be that the conservatives spend millions of dollars and the trans activists get their behinds kicked. A great outcome, IMO.

    Posted by: Andrew | Mar 27, 2014 1:20:41 PM


  5. I really hope this doesn't get on the ballot. The obvious issue is that that would result in a huge campaign of base lies and blatant fearmongering about trans folks (far worse even than those peddled by the trolls here on this fine site). However, it's important to note that the conservative will also attack gay people, based on their own presumption that somehow allowing gay marriage "opens the door" to other gender and sexual minorities getting rights. The lies would be part of the far right's claims about the "Gay Agenda", and they would be heinous. Even if you don't support trans people, you should be able to see the cost/benefit ratio and understand that our enemies will not be going in for fine points of distinction. They paint with a very broad brush.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 27, 2014 1:21:14 PM


  6. Andrew, where's your evidence that people who advocate for trans rights are anti-gay? I've never seen credible evidence to back up that claim, no matter how often it's repeated.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 27, 2014 1:23:22 PM


  7. @Thedrdonna wouldn't that be to due to the fact that for some inexplicable reason trans activists have conflated themselves with gays. Many people now just assume that trans people are just uber gays.

    You know if we are going to ban reparative therapy for kids, I think there should also be measures to protect them from trans issues. I don't believe its appropriate to give kids hormones or surgeries especially during puberty. Some trans people seem to have a very fluid gender/sexuality. They are gay, then they are trans and straight, then trans with same sex attraction. Funny how kids cant get tattoes or their ears pierced but its OK to shoot them up with chemicals to change their physiology or let them start getting plastic surgeries.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Mar 27, 2014 1:31:01 PM


  8. The trolls didn't make the first post? Couldn't even be bothered until after the third post? You're slipping, boys.

    The great thing about where we are with the people who hate us is that they are long past the point where their hate looks like anything other than what it is: raw, unbridled, crazy hate.

    Winning is nice. I cannot wait until the crazies are shut up forever. Do they even have anybody else to hate after us?

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Mar 27, 2014 1:39:53 PM


  9. HOMO GENIUS = ENCHANTRA

    http://www.towleroad.com/2014/03/texas-city-pays-16k-to-keep-ted-nugent-away-video.html

    Posted by: NOMO GENIUS | Mar 27, 2014 1:41:02 PM


  10. Good. Let conservatives waste their resources on the real evil - the transgendered filth. While normal gay people can finally have their rights.

    Posted by: litper | Mar 27, 2014 1:41:38 PM


  11. This law probably impacts about a dozen "trans" kids. It doesn't impact all trans people, or even all trans students. It is limited to the very tiny number of students who are trans AND who attend public school AND who identify as another gender AND who want that identification public AND who want to use the opposite gender's facilities. By the time you put all those qualifications in, you are talking about maybe 10-12 students.

    This is what trans activism is all about - wasting vast amounts of time and resources on bizarre issues that affect almost nobody.

    Posted by: Sharon | Mar 27, 2014 1:41:53 PM


  12. It's galling that these pathetic grown adults are CHOOSING to remain ignorant about who transgendered people are and the issues they face, in this case the issues facing our trans YOUTH. Galling beyond belief. It's 2014 - there's no excuse to just not know or understand anymore.

    Ignore the one cowardly hateful troll posting his usual anti-trans bile under various names. He's never known love, and wants to spread his misery.

    It's very much like anti-gay hatred and racism in that the younger generations dont' have a problem with our trans brothers and sisters - they kids GET IT. More and more, they GET IT.

    and the feeble-minded folks who we're all waiting to just kick the bucket scream and shout about how they Don't Get It. Yeah, well, your kind didn't get Integration either, so bugger off.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 27, 2014 1:42:07 PM


  13. Homo Genius: trans folk have been a part of the gay community since before it was known as anything other than the gay community. Only recently have some of the more selfish or transphobic members of the LGB community started advocating pushing trans people out of "their" community.

    And trans kids aren't given hormones or surgery before the age of majority. They can take hormone blockers to prevent puberty if they choose to do so, but that is a reversible decision. The examples you cite are permanent.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 27, 2014 1:42:38 PM


  14. @THEDRDONNA trans activists reject homosexuality and worship heterosexuality, they're gay people's worst enemies

    Posted by: litper | Mar 27, 2014 1:43:52 PM


  15. Oh hey Sharon, you're right: we shouldn't focus on relatively small numbers of people. By that logic, gay people should ignore their own plight and advocate for more egalitarian labor laws, since poor people are by far the largest disadvantaged group.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 27, 2014 1:44:52 PM


  16. Litper, that makes absolutely no sense. 2/3 of trans people are LGB post-transition, they're hardly "worshipping heterosexuality". Try to join us in the 21st century.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 27, 2014 1:47:26 PM


  17. DrDonna said: "the conservative will also attack gay people, based on their own presumption that somehow allowing gay marriage "opens the door" to other gender and sexual minorities getting rights."

    I doubt that they would do that in the context of a repeal campaign. It would make no sense, since gay marriage now commands majority support in CA and it would do them no good to bring in other issues. It would be in their interest to focus like a laser beam on the law itself, which is terribly written and hard to defend in the context of a ballot campaign. And that is exactly what they have done to date.

    But even if they did try to link it to gay issues, so what? Our response should be to correct their lies. It should not be to accept their false linkage and then fight for a bad trans law because of it.

    This is a parallel to "LGBT". It makes no logical sense to link the LGB and T, but some folks argue that we should link them because homophobes lump the 2 groups together. ("The bashers don't distinguish us!")
    But the response again is that we should correct homophobic lies, we don't live by them.

    Posted by: Andrew | Mar 27, 2014 1:53:04 PM


  18. DrDonna said: "the conservative will also attack gay people, based on their own presumption that somehow allowing gay marriage "opens the door" to other gender and sexual minorities getting rights."

    I doubt that they would do that in the context of a repeal campaign. It would make no sense, since gay marriage now commands majority support in CA and it would do them no good to bring in other issues. It would be in their interest to focus like a laser beam on the law itself, which is terribly written and hard to defend in the context of a ballot campaign. And that is exactly what they have done to date.

    But even if they did try to link it to gay issues, so what? Our response should be to correct their lies. It should not be to accept their false linkage and then fight for a bad trans law because of it.

    This is a parallel to "LGBT". It makes no logical sense to link the LGB and T, but some folks argue that we should link them because homophobes lump the 2 groups together. ("The bashers don't distinguish us!")
    But the response again is that we should correct homophobic lies, we don't live by them.

    Posted by: Andrew | Mar 27, 2014 1:55:00 PM


  19. @THEDRDONNA tell me more about it, I remember that gay guy I met he was a victim of trans activists - he became a woman and cut his peni s because they taught him that gay is wrong; he hated female body, but even more he hated his gayness - trans activists know how some gays are vulnerable. Now he's a freak, he rejected his self-hate but he can't bring his body back.

    Posted by: litper | Mar 27, 2014 1:56:51 PM


  20. @ THEDRDONNA,

    thank you for trying to make sense. But trying to reason with Litper is useless. It's like trying to exchange views with RICK (get my drift?)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 27, 2014 1:58:29 PM


  21. @Andrew: it's already happening:
    http://savecalifornia.com/blog/?p=2708

    Or just google "ab1266 gay agenda"

    Regardless, LGBT arose because it more accurately described the existing community. There was no insertion of trans people into the gay community, we've been here all along. It's our community too.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 27, 2014 1:59:37 PM


  22. TheDrDonna,

    As a transitioned transsexual (HBS) woman, I'd ask you to please stop lying on this blog.

    2/3 of trans people are not LGB. First, transgender is not "transitioned transsexual." You are looking only at a tiny subset of one subgroup in the transgender umbrella. Second, even as to that tiny subset, your statement is factually untrue. While some transitioned transsexuals go through a temporary phase right after transition surgery in which their sexual orientation seems in flux and they may say they are bi, within a short time, the vast majority identify as straight. And the full transgender population is overwhelmingly heterosexual.

    "we shouldn't focus on relatively small numbers of people. By that logic, gay people should ignore their own plight and advocate for more egalitarian labor laws, since poor people are by far the largest disadvantaged group."

    No, that wouldn't be the comparable example. A comparable example would be if the LGB community spent years of effort and millions of dollars fighting for a law that would provide a limited benefit for a limited time in a limited context to maybe a dozen LGBs in a state of 38 million people. That would be senseless and dumb.

    Instead, LGBs fight for laws that will provide very broad benefits over a lifetime for many people - like any and all LGB employees who will benefit from antidiscrimination protections for 30 years of their working lives, or any and all LGB in relationships who would benefit from 1,100 rights relating to marriage over a lifetime.

    The only reason trans activists pursued this law was because they felt confident that LGBs would come in and do their dirty work for them and fight their battles. Lol! Seems the LGBs, just like us HBS'ers, are not going to be your suckers any longer. Whatcha gonna do now?

    Posted by: Sharon | Mar 27, 2014 2:08:25 PM


  23. Um, you found an antigay website that said that, so you think that is relevant to what we were discussing? You will find all sorts of things on antigay websites. They link gay marriage to polygamy and hurricanes too. So what? Your point was that the repeal campaign would be making this an issue, and I am telling you that that is false. It won't. You can go to Privacy for All Students and try to find a screed against gays or gay marriage. You won't find anything.

    Transgenders are not and were not a part of LGB.

    You won't find any reference to LGBT in gay history. Harvey Milk never spoke about transsexuals or hermaphrodites. In fact, he took great pains to educate the public that being gay did NOT mean that one was a crossdresser or wanted to be the opposite sex. LGBT disrespects the memory and message of Harvey Milk.

    There was no LGB demand for crossdresser, transsexual, or hermaphrodite workplace or bathroom rights. And no LGBs were advocating for free castration surgery for "neutrois" or the use of "they" and "their" to refer to specific individuals. If you were to relay any of this to a gay activist in 1970, he'd call 911 and report you as an escaped mental patient.

    This all developed later as a result of selfish trans activists who decided that it would be easier to transjack an existing movement rather than create their own. It is to the shame of LGBs that we were stupid enough to let this scam get past us. An act of charity has been turned against us and we are now being subordinated by a group of antigay, often violent people.

    Posted by: Andrew | Mar 27, 2014 2:22:35 PM


  24. @ "As a transitioned transsexual (HBS) woman, I'd ask you to please stop lying on this blog."

    Oh, please. More like a transitioned mental patient.

    Rick, how stupid do you think we are?

    Rick, if you make up one more alias I'm going to pay a visit to my favorite Hoodoo practitioner and ask if there's anything that can be done about you-- even though we don't have one of your clothing items, hair sample, skin, fingernails or bodily fluid.

    There must be something that can be done. Create an ugly little pink doll to stick pins in....something.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 27, 2014 2:26:30 PM


  25. Andrew, that was exactly my point: bigots conflate the two, so avoiding a protracted referendum campaign is in gay folks' interest too.

    And yes, gender nonconforming people were strongly a part of the gay culture long before it became LGBT. You can ignore history all you like, but you can't erase it.

    Sharon, if you truly are an HBSer, then I've got nothing to say to you. HBSers are the MRAs of the trans rights movement.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 27, 2014 2:32:59 PM


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