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ACTION ALERT: Ask Gov. Jerry Brown to help transgender youth

When Logan tried to take P.E. during his freshman year, he was sent to the nurse's office to change because he is transgender. This isolated him from other students, exposing him to constant stigma and harassment, and made him feel terrible about himself. It also made him 15 minutes late to classes each day. Eventually, he just gave up on gym altogether.

Across California, transgender students like Logan, 18, from Santa Monica, are prevented from fully participating in school activities, programs, and facilities simply because of who they are.

But you can help.

The School Success and Opportunity Act — Assembly Bill 1266 — is on its way to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for consideration after winning in both the Assembly and the Senate. We need your help to make sure he signs this crucial civil rights bill, which would strengthen California's existing non-discrimination laws and ensure that transgender students have the opportunity to succeed in school.

Opponents of LGBT equality are spreading messages of fear, making these young people the scapegoat for their outdated prejudices and ignoring the success of similar school policies throughout the state and the nation. Policies have already been implemented at hundreds of California schools, and it is time to make sure that all schools treat transgender students fairly. No one should ever be treated differently because of who they are, and you can make a difference.

Please join bill co-sponsors the Transgender Law Center, Equality California, National Center for Lesbian Rights, GSA Network and Gender Spectrum in demanding that transgender young people in our community have a chance to succeed.

Governor Brown needs to hear from you, and hear that you want him to sign this bill into law. Please pick up the phone or email the governor. You can also send him a direct tweet @JerryBrownGov asking him to sign #AB1266.

Together, we can truly make a difference for many young lives.

In Solidarity,

John O'Connor
Equality California
Executive Director