Democratic California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has written a bill that would require public schools in his state to allow students to choose which bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams match their gender identity. Both the Assembly and state Senate have passed Assembly Bill 1266. It now sits on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. If the governor allows the bill to become law, then public school administrators won’t be able to assign transgender third-graders to use a separate bathroom or play on the team of their biological gender — even if their motive is to protect a vulnerable child.
“Separate but equal,” Ammiano’s senior legislative assistant, Wendy Hill, told me, already is against the law. Indeed, the new bill wouldn’t really change anything; it would “just (clarify) what current law already states.”
Ammiano never has been known for his tolerance toward dissenting opinions. When the late KGO talk show host Pete Wilson voiced his discomfort about a child born to be raised by a gay San Francisco supervisor and a lesbian partner in 2006, Ammiano, then a San Francisco supervisor, demanded that Wilson resign. (Wilson had said, “A child is not an experiment.” Ammiano accused Wilson of homophobia and “trying to dehumanize a week-old baby.”)