CALIFORNIA – In order to ensure the equality of every citizen, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris joined several other states in two cases supporting transgender rights, California Department of Justice officials said. Harris, along with the other state officials joined to support the United States and the private parties who are fighting for transgender people to be able to access the single-sex restrooms consistent with their gender identity.
Both cases challenge the North Carolina’s “bathroom bill”, including United States v. North Carolina and Carcano v. McCrory. Other states including New York, Washington, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Delaware, Oregon, New Hampshire, and Vermont along with California are supporting the fight protecting these individuals against what they are calling discriminatory practices. Schools who discriminate based on gender identity not allowing students to use the restrooms consistent with their gender identity will risk losing Title IX-linked funding, officials said.
“This bigoted and discriminatory law targeting transgender individuals is a dangerous step backwards in the long march toward equality for all Americans,” said Attorney General Harris. “I urge the courts to strike down hateful and degrading laws that perpetuate fear and intolerance and to uphold policies—like those in California—that protect transgender people from discrimination. I will continue to fight for LGBTQ communities to live free from prejudice.”
Those against these two cases say they would rip civil rights from the grasp of the transgender person exposing them to possibly hostile situations. With California being one of the first to adopt these anti-discrimination laws in the Los Angeles Unified School District, San Francisco USD, Sacramento USD, and Riverside USD several years ago none have reported any related incidents or problems.
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