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California Passes Laws to Protect and Empower LGBTQ Community

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 • Tamil Comments
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California Governor Gavin Newsom over the weekend signed many LGBTQ protection laws after a controversial refusal that attracted condemnation from supporters.

These new laws help to protect LGBTQ youth and education. One statute mandates cultural competency training for public school teachers and personnel, with deadlines to build more inclusive classrooms. Another is to create an LGBTQ student advisory task team advocating for support. A third law compels foster care families to show they can and will satisfy children's needs regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Governor Newsom pointed out the significance of this legislation, focusing on California's stand and protection of LGBTQ+. He said new rules would protect vulnerable youth, encourage acceptance, and make schools and communities more inclusive.

The governor put pen into a piece of legislation that will force K–12 schools to have at least one gender-neutral bathroom by 2026. A guideline in a Southern California school district mandates that schools notify parents about children changing pronouns or using toilets matching their genders.

Governor Newsom vetoed the law that mandated judges to consider whether a parent acknowledges their child's gender identification while deciding on custody and visitation. LGBTQ supporters were not happy with his veto, but he pointed out that laws governing custody incorporate a child's well-being, health, and safety.

These developments happened after several states made their stance against prohibitions on gender-affirming care, trans athlete sports participation, and parental notification for child gender identification changes in debates across the country.

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