Another milestone for Trans Rights in California. There have been quite a few legislative advances for LGBTQ rights and other progressive issues in California since Governor Brown and a Democratic legislature took over. There are a lot of laws places like here in New Mexico should emulate. First we need a progressive governor and legislature but we can start doing the groundwork now.
Posted by Melanie Nathan, Oct 11, 2015.
SACRAMENTO – Legislation authored by Senator Mark Leno that provides new protections for transgender foster youth in California was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 731 ensures that all foster youth, including those who identify as transgender, are placed in appropriate homes where they feel safe and accepted. It requires caregivers tasked with placing foster youth in homes to take a young person’s gender identity into consideration when making this critical decision.
“Young people have a better opportunity to thrive in situations where they are fully accepted and supported for who they are,” said Senator Leno, D-San Francisco. “Entering the foster care system is challenging for all youth, but it can actually be damaging for young people whose identities are not affirmed by their caregivers and peers.”
When a child enters California’s foster care system, welfare workers and caregivers…
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