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CUSD: Check Your Gender at the Bathroom Door

An outspoken opponent of LGBT efforts and a transgender employee of the district take the podium.

Stanley Wasbin addresses the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees in January. Patch file photo.
Stanley Wasbin addresses the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees in January. Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 1:39 p.m. Sept. 26, 2013.

Meeting the needs of transgender students was once again the topic at the Capistrano Unified school board meeting Wednesday, with speakers on both sides of the issue making suggestions on how to comply with a new state law allowing transgender students to go in any bathroom with which they feel comfortable.

Issues relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students have come up several times before the Board of Trustees, most recently last meeting, when parents and LGBT leaders protested the placement of a person they view as a political opponent on a textbook review committee.

That committee member, Stanley Wasbin of San Clemente – who earlier this year asked the trustees to ignore the mandates of a new law requiring the contributions of the LGBT community be included in social studies textbooks – took the podium again to address Assembly Bill 1266, signed by Gov. Brown in August.

“Just because something is law doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a good idea,” Wasbin told trustees. The item was not on the agenda.

After he spoke, a transgender employee of the district, urged trustees to come up with solutions to meet the law’s requirements.

The new law prevents school districts from barring students from a single-sex setting like a men's basketball team or a women's locker room.

Wasbin said that he feared boys will abuse the law just to get access to girls bathrooms and locker rooms.

“Two words: teenaged boys,” he said.

Wasbin urged the district to seek a waiver to get out of having to put “urinals in girls’ bathrooms.”

He added: “If Capistrano Unified fails to get away from AB1266, just imagine the amount of time, money and paperwork that will be devoted to creating new bathroom policy.”

But Marshall Morgan, a school bus driver, said the district now has the opportunity to serve transgender students, who probably number at least 500 within the district.

“Restrooms, the choices are boys or girls,” Morgan said. “Most transgendered students make this decision based on where they won’t get ridiculed abused or hurt.”

He suggested the district create a third, “gender-neutral option” and change the signage. Locker rooms, Morgan added, would be tricker.

“Our children can’t make the right choices if we don’t make the right options available for them to choose from,” he said. 

Kathi September 28, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Well, its possible that might work, but neither of us are lawyers, nor does it sound like either of us are aggressive about pushing our way, unlike some of the activists in CA & around the country. They have been known to come into communities where the locals had worked things out & push their agenda. & I just went back & was re-reading things & realizing you are probably the bus driver quoted. At any rate, you seem to be more reasonable than a lot of people & also careful about your figures--such as qualifying the term transgender & the difference between the 500 # given & the actual # you think would actually want to use opposite sex facilities. I kind of wonder how those you described as masculine girls or feminine boys & included (which I assume is from others categories) as transgender would feel about being called transgender? Sounds like that could overlap w homosexual & just those who don't conform to typical stereotypes but who are still heterosexual. I met a woman a few weeks ago whose appearance was somewhat sexy I would say. She was w her boyfriend. She told me she was a welder--not an occupation usually associated w women. So I would say there are a lot of heterosexuals who may not fit the sexual stereotypes, but are still heterosexual.
fact checker September 28, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Kathi I believe the term would be "being" transgendered rather than feeling transgendered. I sense some hesitance on your part to acknowledge that this is a physical thing and can't be imagined or invented according to circumstances.
Marshall September 28, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Thats just it Kathi, these people work the numbers, 1 in 100 have some form or level of transgenderism, so THEY would say our school district has 500 Transgender students, but, only 1 in 3,500 are like the girl that recently won homecoming queen in Huntington Beach, plus, there is MY take on restrooms, Restrooms are NOT built for a persons Gender, Restrooms are Built and Designed for a persons Biological Sex, I back this up by pointing out, you won't find urinals in the Ladies restrooms, nor will you find tampon dispensers in the Mens restrooms. Restrooms are built for whats between the legs, not whats between the ears, I don't care if you look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, if you have female equipment between your legs, you use the ladies room, OR, if you look and dress like Madonna, but have male equipment between your legs, you use the Mens room
Marshall September 28, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I was REALY hoping the Governor was NOT going to sign this Bill, its too much, too fast, I'm afraid of the backlash its going to cause the Transgender community if this winds up being a disaster. There are some that believe, that IS the only reason the Governor signed it.
Marshall September 28, 2013 at 08:29 PM
I should explain myself, I am whats called " Genderqueer " which is a term used to describe a person, who's Gender Identity falls outside the binary constructs of "Male" and "Female". Genderqueer people may define their gender as falling somewhere on a continuum between male and female, or they may define it as wholly different from these terms. Genderqueer falls under the umbrella term of Transgender.

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