After a heated floor debate, the California Assembly passed AB 1955, a bill that reinforces the unconstitutional notion that children, no matter how young, have privacy rights from their own parents that the state is obligated to protect. The bill, passed along party lines with a 61-16 vote, now awaits Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature. Introduced by Assemblyman Chris Ward (D-San Diego), AB 1955 seeks to prohibit school districts from enacting or enforcing policies requiring school employees to disclose a student’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression to parents without the student’s consent….

Assemblyman Ward argued that the bill aims to shield LGBTQ+ students from having their gender identity disclosed to potentially unsupportive parents without consent. “Coming out is a personal decision that includes the right to privacy,” Ward stated. “This bill ensures that all students can share their identities on their own terms….”

Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell), a member of the Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, shared his personal experience in an attempt to argue how students need privacy from their own parents. “When I was growing up, my mother told me she would disown me if I was gay,” Low recounted. “This bill ensures that children can come out to their parents on their own terms, when they feel safe and ready.”

…Low failed to acknowledge Patterson’s point that no school district has ever proposed a policy requiring teachers to tell parents if a child is identifying as gay. The parent notification policies passed by ten California school districts only required notification after a student had asked teachers or coaches to publicly socially transition them to a new gender difference from the one listed on their official records….

From California Family Council