Will High School Transgender Laws Endanger Other Students?

by
Owen Poindexter
Starting January 1st, a controversial California law will come into effect: transgender students will be allowed to use either gender’s bathroom and play on both male and female sports teams.

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Chris Beck revealed his female identity and became Kristin Beck after serving in the Navy Seals. A controversial California law will accept students by their identity, as opposed to their biology. PHOTOS: Sandi Foraci (L), Kristin Beck (R), CC License

Starting January 1st, a controversial California law will come into effect: transgender students will be allowed to use either gender’s bathroom and play on both male and female sports teams. Opponents of the law have already gathered over 600,000 signatures for a referendum to repeal the law in the 2014 election.

While the law is meant to provide safety to an outsider group, it has opponents worrying about everyone else’s safety.

"That is so confusing, and so it opens the door for predators," Judi McDaniels told NPR.

The law’s defenders point out that this is not for students who want to be transgender in ten minute intervals.

"A transgender student is somebody who consistently, every day, all day long, wants to be recognized by their gender of identity,” says Judy Chiasson of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

And what about sports teams? Does this open the door for coaches to sneak all stars from the other gender on to their team? And what will happen when someone challenges the transgenderedness of another student?

These are tough questions, but for the transgender community, they are long overdue. Many transgendered people feel like they don’t have a place in a world that categorizes people by biological sex.

Do you support the California law? How would you feel about a transgendered person of the opposite sex using the same public restroom as you? Should we stop trying to separate the genders in bathrooms and/or sports? Let us know what you think.

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