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Ask California Gov. Jerry Brown to Help Transgender Young People

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—an 18-year-old 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 the Senate approved it last week (the Assembly approved it in June). 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Opponents of LGBT equality are spreading messages of fear, making these young people the scapegoat for their outdated prejudices, and ignoring the success of similar school policies throughout the state and the nation. Similar 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 help make a difference.

Please join NCLR and other bill co-sponsors—Equality California, Transgender Law Center, 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 tweet @JerryBrownGov directly at asking him to sign #AB1266, call his office at 916.445.2841 or send him a “pro” email using the sample emal below.

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

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