California's Historic New Transgender Law
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Starting next year, discrimination against transgender students will be illegal in California schools. Students will be able to use the bathrooms and participate in the sports designed for the genders they prefer, not those dictated by biology. That's been the case in LA, San Francisco and other districts, reportedly without any problems. But for some parents, making it law is another matter. What about abuse and harassment? Also, LA Sheriff Lee Baca gets a host of challengers for next year's re-election campaign, including the top deputy who retired under fire.
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the campaign to replace Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve has been called a "circus" that's inappropriate for an appointment important to the global economy. Does Larry Summer's "prickly' personality” really matter? What about Janet Yellen's gender?
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Challengers to Sheriff Baca Pile Up ()
Lee Baca has been Los Angeles County Sheriff since 1998, and he's running for re-election next year. Supervisor Gloria Molina wrote to the Los Angeles Times complaining that "not one challenger" had "stepped forward to rescue" the department from Baca's hands. That was this past Saturday. Now, just five days later, four opposing candidates have announced — and there may be more to come. Robert Faturechi reports for the Times.
New Legal Protections for Transgender Students ()
Transgender students in public schools are about to get the protection of state law. After January 1, they'll be able to use the bathrooms set aside for the gender they prefer — not the one dictated by biology. The same will be true for sports and other activities. What will that mean?
- Logan Henderson: Gay-Straight Alliance Network
- Matthew McReynolds: Pacific Justice Institute
- Melissa Goodman: ACLU of Southern California, @mg718
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