Conservative activists try to flush transgender bathroom bill

A conservative activist group aims to take down a bill that would protect transgender K-12 students.
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Yesterday a religious activist group announced it gathered enough signatures to place a statewide referendum of the newly signed “transgender bathroom” law on the ballot, potentially shooting down legislation meant to protect transgender students’ rights in public schools. 

AB 1266 was sponsored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and would allow students in K-12 California schools to use their chosen gender when engaging in traditionally sex-segregated school activities, using school bathrooms or showers, and when playing on sports teams. 

The law was originally slated to take effect in January 2014, but if the referendum is approved for the ballot, the law would be postponed until after the November vote. 

The Privacy for All Students coalition announced it reached 600,000 signatures to challenge the law through its Facebook page as well as website Christian News Wire. The group gathered about 100,000 more signatures than required, which is actually a fairly slim margin for signature-gathering efforts.

A video on the group’s website made a plea against the bill.

“A sixth grade boy can decide or think, maybe I’m a female… so I determine now to go in the girl’s locker room or bathroom, he doesn’t have to notify his parents, his teacher, or anyone,” Pastor Jack Hibbs of a Southern California church said in the video. “God forbid that on our watch we would expose our kids to such a terrible law. Sign the petition and pray.”


The video ginned up fear, saying the law would allow teenage boys to pretend to be transgendered to peep on young girls in bathrooms. 

Executive Director of the Equality California Institute John O’Connor told the Guardian the bathroom privacy issue was a distraction, but more than that, just wasn’t true to how teenagers behave. “There’s a pressure to conform. Kids don’t pretend to be gay, they don’t pretend to be transgender. It just doesn’t happen.” 

In a statement to the press, Ammiano questioned the motives of the group. 

“This effort is nothing but bullying at the ballot box and only makes sense as a way for these groups to raise more money by throwing fear into their supporters and misleading people about what the law does,” he said. 

O’Connor said that when listening to the arguments, it’s important to consider the source of the campaign. 

Indeed, according to the Privacy for All Students website their main adviser was Frank Schubert of Mission Public Affairs, LLC, which is the group that led the Yes on Prop. 8 campaign against marriage equality.

Mission LLC are professional haters, having fought seven battles against same-sex marriage in the past five years: Twice in Maine and once each in North Carolina, Washington, Minnesota, Maryland, and California. 

If the referendum is placed on the ballot Schubert would take over the campaign in full, according to the Privacy for All Students website.

The announcement came just three days after a Bay Area teen was charged with a hate crime for lighting a gender neutral teenager’s skirt on fire with a lighter on an Oakland bus. 

Richard Thomas, 16, was charged with aggravated mayhem, felony assault and hate crime enhancement after telling officers he set the victim on fire because he was “homophobic,” according to Reuters. 

The victim, 18 year old Sasha Fleischman, is still in stable condition at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and will require several surgeries to recover. 

The hate against his bill and the hate from the fire incident come from the same place, Ammiano said. “We need to stop hate, not encourage it with things like this misguided referendum.” 

The signatures must still be verified by the Secretary of State for the referendum to qualify for the ballot.




"what if" type arguments are quite funny.

But then entire law is based on "what if."

Old man Ammiano being down with the kids is interesting in a credibility gap sorta way.

"I know what you kids would love, trust me I'm down with you kids, and educrats who know best think..."

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 8:45 am

The initiative will pass 70-30 statewide.

Have a nice day.

Posted by racer さ on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 10:08 am

Blacks and Hispanics will vote for it in droves, just like they did against gay marriage.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 10:28 am

You still live in the same reality you always have, but the country is passing you by.

A recent Pew poll of Latinos found that Latinos now support marriage equality by a 52-34 margin.

That's more than the country overall.

The Latino population is very young. Recent polls show that Latinos are more socially liberal than whites.

I almost feel sorry for you guys. The country is leaving you behind.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

Or rather, they can leave whenever this country filed hits the skids irrevocably.

i'm not sure I'd want to live in the drab mediocrity that is GregWorld.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

"Executive Director of the Equality California Institute John O’Connor told the Guardian the bathroom privacy issue was a distraction, but more than that, just wasn’t true to how teenagers behave. “There’s a pressure to conform. Kids don’t pretend to be gay, they don’t pretend to be transgender. It just doesn’t happen.”

If transphobia declines, abuse of trans bathroom privileges by cisheteros should increase.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 11:28 am

Nobody who wanted to be taken seriously would ever have said that.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 11:35 am

to begin with.

I don't understand why we can't do away with gender-separated bathrooms, period.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 11:38 am

And you deny being out of touch with mainstream America.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 11:51 am

There were very popular clubs in Dallas in the 1980s that dispensed with gendered bathrooms:

Posted by marcos on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

Liberals: "If it's good enough for cocaine and MDMA addled ravers, it's good enough for our public schools!"

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

Maybe we should learn from the way they create jobs too. A full one third of all new jobs created in the US since 2000 were in Texas.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

This was back when Texas had a Democrat governor, you could not force me to go back to Texas today.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 6:07 am

Plenty of white tech workers in Austen.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 7:45 am

Might I suggest taking I-5 south to I-40, I-40 east to I-25, I-25 south to I-10, I-10 east to I-20, I-20 east to US-290 and US-290 east into Austin? Just follow the fire ants.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 8:06 am

the Bay Area.

Now, Lubbock, and you might have a point, but then that is much smaller.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 8:23 am

I have no idea where "Austen" is, but wherever it is, please go there. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 8:42 am
Posted by Guest on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 8:55 am

know he knows he has lost the debate.

Posted by anon on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 10:44 am

There's no place called Austen in Texas. There is, however, a Jane Austen Society in north Texas.

Wherever it is, though, I'm fine with you going there. Take anon with you.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

learn that it really isn't much different from here.

Hotter though.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

More than you think. Bad memories, actually. And yes, it is very different.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

good old boys kicked your ass for being so pompous and smug, then I can certainly understand why you feel that wat.

But if you find that SF is almost the only place in the nation that you can stand, then I would argue you lack a fundamental quality of Americans - adaptability.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

Texas is not the answer to any questions I'd be interested in asking.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 14, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

But whiney Texans who come to SF because they aren't man enough to deal with life there don't get much sympathy from me either.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 14, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

They are postjudices, not prejudices.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 15, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

what you think are clever plays on words to bail out your sorry ass.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 15, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

I won that debate 24 years ago when I headed up I-25 north out of El Paso into New Mexico on my way to California ending 14.5 years in Hell on Earth--Texas.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 16, 2013 @ 9:27 am

Diva's tranny bar where the post-ops bitch out any pro-op who tries to use the "ladies" bathroom.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

Progressobots get all worked up when right wingers call them Un-American when progressive complain about, foreign policy, some war or another, or the old chestnut of atheism in god USA.

Around this subject, if a person doesn't toe to their kooky business they scream "hate" and want people who don't agree with them to die.

This is such a comical turn of events from the self proclaimed "tolerant" types.

It's also interesting how Ammiano or some other boss dreamer comes up with something and the individual thinking progressive circle the intellectual wagons and start howling in uni-mind unison. Anyone not agreeing is off the island.

Posted by Matlock on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

I spit my coffee out at some of the stuff here that the (very small) progressive mob come out with. They clearly do not inhabit the real world.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

people worry about gender separated toilets?

I certainly don't care. There is this whole area of the USA in witch they do care, that area is called most every place in the USA, where people do care very much and don't want dreamers telling them how to live.

So outlandish.

Posted by stoned drop out on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

and you would never know it because by looking, all you see is a female. Get over it, AB 1266 will stand because it has everything to do with gender and nothing to do with sex. Professionals know this. Too bad you all are not bright enough to know.

Posted by Dee Omally on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 12:19 am

Transgendered people tend to be a lot more focused on sex. The percentage who do sex work is much higher than for normal people, as is the rate of HIV.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 8:22 am

I think it's mostly because girls are shy about unleashing a scalding, 80-decibel, half-liquid dump when there are dudes around. They're fussy that way. As for the locker rooms, the girls will just have to get used to "Emily" having a boner in the shower every day. Progress!

Posted by Chromefields on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

I just don't get it. I am loud, proud and notorious with my flatulence.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

such a great article Conservative activists.

Posted by Kierra james on Dec. 13, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

Let's get real for a short time. There are about 10,000 educational institutions in CA. How many of those 30% (3000) have reverse sex learners regularly using locker rooms? You have no concept. The concept that center schoolers and teenagers would be "accepting" and less likely to respond adversely to reverse sex learners burning down in their locker areas would be crazy if it wasn't so misdirected. Angel Jackets

Posted by Guest on Jan. 08, 2014 @ 2:46 am

This Order have to be pass for children's. We have to fight for the rights of children's.

Posted by Jack Walker on May. 26, 2014 @ 9:54 pm

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