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California: Assembly-approved trans bills head to state Senate

BY NATASHA BARSOTTI — Two bills offering protections to transgender people were given the thumbs-up in the California Assembly yesterday,May 9, and will now pass to the state Senate for deliberations, Pink News reports.

According to the report, one bill would allow transgender students to use bathrooms and play on sports teams that align with their gender identity, while the second measure would create provisions for transgender people to change their birth certificates without undergoing long legal procedures.

Democrat Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who spearheaded the bill regarding trans students, said it would "clarify and enforce the state’s laws prohibiting discrimination against people because of gender identity," Pink News says.

Both bills were opposed by Republicans, with none of the party's members voting for the Ammiano measure, the report notes.

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