LGBTQ Advocates Step Toward Acceptance

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has become the first state to allow transgendered students the ability to choose which restroom they identify with.

Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into a law allowing transgendered students from kindergarten to 12th grade to pick which restroom and sports team they identify with at school. The law will take effect on January 1st across the Golden State.

In the Rogue Valley, local LGBTQ advocates hope the message will one day become a reality in Oregon.

“To have your own designated bathroom and the acceptance of who you are, it’s the acceptance point, not the tolerance, but the acceptance and I’m hoping it will open up and take off,” Southern Oregon Pride member, Gina Duquenne, said.

Transgender rights advocates say this is a big step for them because they want acceptance, not tolerance.


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  1. Tim says:

    what’s the difrence between transgender and gay? and how is a kindergardener going to know that? Wow start teaching them young.

  2. smw says:

    instead of being so hateful, why don’t you people open your eyes and broaden your horizons? if you have questions, talk to someone who is lgbtq. don’t just be judgemental. as americans we’re supposed to be past the age of prejudicial hate and discrimination. move on and mind your p’s & q’s people.

  3. Citizen A says:

    You continually show your intolerance to the community with your posts. Look to a person’s honesty and integrity for their worth as a human. Someone’s sexual preference cannot harm you unless their preference is rape – and we all know the majority of rapes are committed by heterosexuals.

    1. rick says:

      We are american’s it’s our right to be intolerant if we want. And about your thoughts about rape, there are just as many rapes in the gay community as the strait community. I think you guy’s trying to force change also is a form of rape. Get your fact’s strait

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