The Corner

California Mandates Transgendered Access to Sports, Restrooms

Students in California who identify as transgender may now choose which restrooms they will use and whether to join the boys’ or girls’ sports teams at public schools, thanks to a new law that Democratic governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Monday.

Schools across the state will now have to follow the lead of districts such as Los Angeles, which already allows students to participate in sports and choose restroom facilities based upon their “gender identity.”

According to a spokesman for the bill’s sponsor in the state assembly, San Francisco Democrat Tom Ammiano, California is the first state to enact a law mandating access for transgender students. The bill’s supporters have argued that it will help the “morale” of transgender students and reduce bullying and abuse, but opponents say the law is too vague and doesn’t specify how it should be implemented.

The bill’s signing comes on the heels of a settlement in a transgender-discrimination lawsuit last month between the Arcadia Unified School District in Southern California and a female middle-school student, identifying as male, who had been denied access to male restrooms and locker rooms. (Kevin Williamson wrote about the case and the broader issue for the most recent issue of NR.)

Most Popular


The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More