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Law to protect transgender students tested in rural school




Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lee (right) and his mother, Catherine, (left) were successful in getting the Manteca Unified School District to address the rights of transgender students on campus.
Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lee (right) and his mother, Catherine, (left) were successful in getting the Manteca Unified School District to address the rights of transgender students on campus.
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California students who don't identify with the gender of their birth have new rights under a state law that took effect January 1.

The School Success and Opportunity Act allows transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. Opponents are challenging the new policies, and they'll find out next month if their referendum to repeal the law qualified for the November ballot.

We visit one rural town that got a head start on accommodating transgender kids. For the California Report, Ana Tintocalis has the story