SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
(AP) -- California schools would be required to let transgender students use the restrooms and participate in the sex-segregated programs of their choice under a bill passed by the state Assembly.
The Assembly approved AB1266 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano on a 45-24 vote Thursday, sending it to the state Senate.
California law already prevents schools from discriminating against students based on their gender identity, but Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat, says this legislation would give transgender students the security and safety they need at school.
He says it would explain in plain and clear English to school administrators, teachers, parents and students that students must be permitted to participate in sex-segregated programs such as sports teams.
Supporters say just using the restroom at school can be stressful and humiliating for transgender students.