California Governor Jerry Brown signs bill empowering transgender students

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California has become the first state to give transgender students the right to choose which restroom and locker room they feel most comfortable in.

Governor Jerry Brown signed the new law that allows public school students to self identify their gender.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the legislation, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D- San Francisco, advanced from both houses of the Legislature on largely party-line votes.

Supporters said the bill protects young people who are bullied as they travel a twisting road toward self-awareness.

Although California law already shields transgender students from discrimination, Ammiano said his bill would guarantee uniform treatment across the state's hundreds of school districts.

The Sacramento Bee said the bill clarifies that individual districts cannot bar students from a single-sex setting like a men's basketball team or a women's locker room.

Brown's decision to sign the bill on Monday, ahead of a deadline to act by midnight on Tuesday, dissolved the suspense surrounding the bill's fate.

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