GOP Lawmaker Pulls Son Out Of California Public School Over Transgender Bill

AP

California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) says he intends to pull his 13-year-old son out of public school after California passed a law last week allowing trans students to use the restroom and locker room that matches the gender with which they identify, the Associated Press reported Monday. 

Donnelly announced his decision in a column on conservative blog WND, where he wrote that the privacy of students “will be replaced by the right to be ogled” by members of the opposite sex.  

“While trying to address a concern of less than 2 percent of the population, California is now forcibly violating the rights of the other 98 percent,” Donnelly wrote.

Donnelly also wondered whether trans students using restrooms of their identified gender would result in sexual violence.

“Will creating gender neutral facilities increase the likelihood of a sexual assault on campus?” Donnelly wrote. 

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the bill into law Monday, which also allows students to choose whether they want to play boys’ or girls’ sports. The legislation makes California the first state to enact legal protections for  transgender K-12 students.

h/t Huffington Post

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