A bill that would provide transgender students equal access to facilities and programs based on their gender identity cleared California's state assembly Thursday, marking a major step forward for a population that has long faced discrimination in schools. "This shows the nobility of what a legislature can do," Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), who authored the measure, said on the Assembly floor. While California law currently prevents discrimination against transgender students, Ammiano's legislation would create further protections. For example, the bill would explicitly allow students to use public restrooms and join sports teams that correspond with how they identify, regardless of their biological gender.
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