Resolution Condemning Efforts to Endanger Student Safety and Roll Back Transgender Students' Rights in California


WHEREAS, California law currently prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in schools and protects students whose identity, physical characteristics, or behavior differs from stereotypical gender associations from harassment or discrimination, and

WHEREAS, Students who have been denied access to school activities and facilities corresponding with their gender identities - further exacerbating discrimination throughout all aspects of education - have suffered physical, emotional and academic harm, exemplified by poor academic performance, high drop-out rates, behavioral problems, bullying, violence, and suicide, and

WHEREAS, AB 1266 "The School Success and Opportunity Act" signed by Governor Brown assures the rights of all students to access school facilities, programs and activities consistent with his or her gender identity regardless of the gender listed on the student's records, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party strongly supports the right of all students to have access to safe school facilities, programs and activities consistent with their gender identity needs and condemns any effort to roll back student rights currently enshrined in California law; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party will send a copy of this resolution to all Democratic County Committees and to members of the Democratic legislative and congressional delegations.

Authored by Denise Penn, John Cleary


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 24, 2013





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