Anti-Transgender Groups Fall Short in Effort to Repeal California’s New Student Equality Law (Updated 2/27/14)

San Franisco City Hall Lit Up in Rainbow Colors

We’ve got great news out of California, where the state has determined that an effort to force a statewide referendum to repeal a new transgender student equality law, AB 1266, has fallen short. According to the California Secretary of State, opponents of the law failed to submit enough valid signatures to require a referendum.

As I’ll explore in a forthcoming update to an earlier post, the battle to protect AB 1266 is not over yet, as anti-transgender groups have (or at least think they have) a few more tricks up their sleeve. But the recent news is undeniably a major victory in the effort to preserve important protections against gender-identity discrimination in California schools. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.

California’s New Transgender Equality Law & the Effort to Repeal It: Frequently Asked Questions (Updated February 2014)

California Drawn on a Blackboard

[I will soon be updating this post to reflect an exciting development: The California Secretary of State has determined that opponents of California’s new law failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a statewide vote to repeal it. The battle to preserve the law is not over yet, but the recent news represents an important victory. – MK (February 27, 2014)]

Original post as updated February 12:

LGBT equality advocates across the country are bracing for the results of a full signature count in California that will determine whether the state’s new transgender student equality law, often called AB 1266, will face a repeal vote in the November 2014 election. Opponents of AB 1266 submitted 619,244 signatures in support of their repeal effort; 504,760 of these must be deemed valid for the repeal question to go to voters.

In the face of misleading talking points from the law’s opponents, plus some less-than-stellar media coverage of the issues, this post aims to clarify some of the confusion surrounding the new law.

This post is (and will continue to be) a work in progress; that is, I’ll start today with some of the basics, and I’ll periodically add new questions and answers, as well as links to new sources and other materials. (Latest update: February 12; see below.) If you’d like to suggest something for the post, or have other ideas, objections or concerns, leave a comment below or send a private note via the Youth Allies contact form.

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Reactions to the Indian Supreme Court’s Ruling Upholding an Anti-Gay Law


Political leaders, human rights advocates and editorial boards around the world have condemned a ruling from India’s highest court that upheld an anti-gay law known as Section 377. The law bans certain sexual acts that are supposedly “against the order of nature,” including private consensual sexual relationships between adults of the same sex.

The Indian Supreme Court’s ruling means that Section 377 will remain in effect until the nation’s legislature repeals it or until court litigants devise an additional or alternative legal strategy with a better chance of success. Both approaches face major hurdles, though the fight is hardly over.

Click here or on ‘Read More’ to read the full post and to see a video of a U.S. State Department representative’s reaction to the ruling.