July 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Jerry Brown pressured to sign trans bill
California, Gov. Jerry Brown, Gay News, Washington Blade

California Gov. Jerry Brown. (Photo public domain)

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California LGBT rights groups continue to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill into law that would require the state’s public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and join sports teams that are consistent with their gender identity and expression.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality California, the Transgender Law Center, GSA Network and Gender Spectrum on July 8 sent a letter to Brown that urged him to sign Assembly Bill 1266 or the School Success and Opportunity Act that the state Senate approved last week.

The bill passed in the California Assembly last month.

“Transgender youth deserve a safe, non-discriminatory school environment that encourages them to learn and participate fully, just like everyone else,” the advocacy groups’ letter states.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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