Take Two for August 13, 2013

What AB 1266 means for transgender students in public schools

Eli Erlick

Eli Erlick

Eli Erlick created TSER in 2011 because of her experiences facing discrimination in schools that lacked vital knowledge of trans*-related issues and policies focusing on trans* students.

California is now the first state in the nation with a law protecting transgender students.

Governor Brown signed the bill yesterday, and it affects K-12 transgender children in public school. The law gives them the right to use whichever restroom or locker room they'd like.

They're also allowed to to join activities regardless of the gender they're born with. So, for example, they can choose to play either boys' sports or girls' sports.

The fight to pass this bill has been a personal one for 18-year-old Eli Erlick. She's a transgender high school graduate of Willits Charter School in Willits, and she's also the executive director of Trans Student Equality Resources.

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