Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed AB 1266, or the School Success and Opportunity Act, into law. The law, which is set to take effect January 1st, ensures that trans* students have access to sex segregated school facilities and activities, like sports and musical programs.
Unfortunately, the organization Pacific Justice Institute and a few other groups are trying to prevent the law from taking effect by attempting to gather 500,000 signatures by November 12th and bringing it to referendum. In order to get these signatures, the coalition behind the campaign is fear mongering, lying, and deceiving the public.
We need your help in setting the record straight: If you’re trans*, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, or any other form of gender awesomeness, we want you to take out your smart phones, digital cameras, camcorders, and webcams, and tell us your story. To help protect AB 1266, we’re going to be taking your videos, sharing them individually, and then stitching them together to form one awesome video which we will blast across social media.
Did you have trouble joining a sports team? Were you forced to use the nurse’s restroom when you didn’t want to? Did you have an awesome teacher or principle who helped you out and let you stay with the other guys on a band trip? Tell us about it, tell us how it felt, why it was important, and how having a law like AB 1266 could have helped the situation. It doesn’t matter how long ago it happened, we want to hear about it!
For those of you who want to help we have some instructions:
- Plan out the story you want to tell, and rehearse it until it flows smoothly.
- Record your video in a well lit, quiet environment.
- Upload it to YouTube/Tumblr.
- Title it “My Trans* Education: (insert your name)”
- Publish it.
- Drop the URL off in our submit box.
In exchange for your efforts, you’ll be entered in a contest to win some awesome TSER loot (trans* buttons and stickers!), you’ll have your YouTube/Tumblr presence promoted, and you’ll get to feel awesome knowing that you’ve helped to ensure that trans* and queer students have access to education that’s as awesome as they are.
-Alex and Eli