By Jessica De Soto / CityStyle Co-Editor
Pretending to live like someone else for your entire life can leave you mentally and emotionally isolated and distraught, especially if you’re transgender. Being transgender in our society can cause conflict with closed-minded people. However, that shouldn’t really matter anymore because every human should be treated equally.
Gov. Jerry Brown passed the Assembly Bill No. 1266 this year, which grants equal access to restrooms based on gender identity and not biological gender, allowing transgender people rightful gender identity and aiming to reduce bullying.
The law will also give transgender people the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports without fear of discrimination and prejudice. The law will go into effect on Jan. 1.
Even though California laws prohibit discrimination in education, transgendered students have still been excluded from the privilege because of who they are, according to a statement by the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Although times will change, people still won’t agree with the law and we will see an uproar of chaos. Some will be outraged because they feel that a transgender person is a sex offender and they might use this stance as an opportunity to take action.
As with any law, there are many ways for people to cheat the system and take advantage of the situation. However, there is no point in denying equal rights to someone who chooses to be different, especially in today’s society.