Here are a couple news stories coming across the wires on transgender rights today.
First, in California, a Senate committee passed a student rights bill for transgender students/ LGBTQ Nation reports:
A California Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would require public schools to respect a transgender student’s gender identity in all school programs, activities, and facilities. The School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) was approved by the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 5-2. The bill will provide guidance to district and school leaders about how to meet their obligations to protect the safety and well being of all students, including those that are transgender.
And LGBTQ Nation also reports on a bill working its way through the Canadian Senate:
A bill that would add gender identity to the list of classes protected from discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act cleared a Senate committee on Monday. The measure will now head to the Senate for a third reading, and the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Grant Mitchell, is hopeful the bill will pass. Mitchell said last month that he had confirmation from 16 Conservative senators that they will vote in favor of the bill. “But you don’t know until you actually get there. If all 16 voted with us, then it would pass. It would be a little bit close, but it would pass,” Mitchell said.
In the wake of marriage equality victories in the past few years, transgender rigths are (too) slowly beginning to catch up.