Calif. bill would split sports along gender identity

May 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

SACRAMENTO, May 10 (UPI) -- A measure requiring schools to allow transgender students to participate in sports based on their gender identity was approved by the California Assembly.

The measure, AB 1266, which will now go to the state Senate, would force schools to allow transgender students to participate in sports and use bathrooms based on their gender identity rather than the gender they were born with, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

"It's about ensuring transgender students, just like all students, have a fair chance to be themselves and succeed at school," said Melissa Goodman, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which supports the bill.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, was not supported by any Republicans in the Assembly.

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