Long Beach’s transgender youth gaining recognition – The Orange County Register

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Long Beach, California is becoming more welcoming for Transgender Youth…

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This is a dilemma faced less often by Transgender students thanks to California’s Transgender Students’ Rights Law

Students face tough questions in Long Beach schools every day. But one question advocates hope they never have to ask is, “Am I safe using the bathroom?”

This month, an anti-discrimination bill, AB 1266, went into effect to allow students to use facilities and participate in activities that are consistent with the gender they identify with. That includes bathrooms, locker rooms, sports teams and competitions, regardless of the gender listed on the student’s school records.

Though the number of trans youth in Long Beach schools is unknown, Ethan LoBianco, 18, said there is a robust community of trans students at Wilson High School, where he’s a senior.

As a transgender student, LoBianco faced a question of whether or not he would be accepted…

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