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.