Evangelical advocacy group Focus on the Family wants to mobilize California members to speak up against a state bill that would protect transgender students from discrimination and allow them greater access to school activities based on their identified gender.
“This bill will create further chaos as teachers will be forced to become identity keepers for a small number of children confused about their identity,” the CFA’s statement read. “That confusion will be exacerbated as thousands of unsuspecting students will suddenly find themselves face to face with opposite sex peers in their bathrooms, changing rooms and showers.”
But 16-year-old Ashton Lee, who has become an advocate for the bill, said in a July 2013 interview with the Sacramento Bee that AB 1266 would actually reduce confusion among transgender students.
“It’ll help me so much at school, and people like me, and it will make it so much easier to graduate and be who we are and be accepted and understood,” Lee told the Bee. “It’s just going to make it so much easier.”
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