California Catholic Conference Blogs on AB1266 Transgender Students Issue

With legislation pending in California relating to the treatment of transgender students in California schools, the California Catholic Conference has a blog post by Judy Barrett which speaks to this issue. From Ms. Barrett’s post:

If signed into law by the governor, AB 1266 will require public schools to allow a child of any age “to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”

Please take a moment today to read this post in its entirety and to educate yourself on this issue, regardless of whether or not you live in California. The Conference’s action alert on this issue recommends:

Local school administrators working with the student’s parents and family can better meet the needs of an individual student undergoing gender confusion or gender transition than a politically correct, “one size fits all” law applicable to all students.  Subsidiarity—allowing decisions to be made at the level closest to the problem—makes sense in addressing real needs.

I believe it is critical that we average Catholics in the pews educate ourselves on these topics so that we can be prepared to accurately and sensitively communicate the true teachings of our bishops with our family and friends.

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  • Angela Sealana

    The subsidiarity point is key. We’re grappling with similar issues in San Antonio. Subsidiarity is very key in sensitive situations like this.

  • Sarah Reinhard

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop. :)

  • Lothars Sohn

    Hi Lisa.

    As I explain on my blog, I’ve nothing against homosexuals living in a committed relationship

    and in the same way I’ve nothing someone being born with the wrong sex who underwent an operation.

    That said I cannot approve of the liberal agenda which also consists of liberalizing many things which can be quite harmful.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

  • oregon nurse

    Can anyone truly say that helping a 5 or 6 yr old child ‘identify’ as transgendered is anything but child abuse? Adults are imprinting their own notions on little children who would never come up with these things on their own. Everyone knows a tomboy or a sissy (sorry, that’s what they were called in my youth) that grew out of that stage.

    One of my favorite characters from fiction, Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, typified the tomboy. She HATED dresses and anything feminine. She was willing to fist fight just about anyone who insulted her, even her big brother when he would tell her she was acting like a girl. Sadly, today some parents would take a girl like this to a ‘doctor’ and have her diagnosed as transgendered after filling her head with their cr*p.

    • AshleyWB

      Yes, professionals experienced with dealing with transgender issues and the parents of the children involved can say that what they are doing is not child abuse. Both care about and are informed about the actual, living kids, whereas you are merely spewing your ignorance by comparing children you don’t even know to fictional non-transgendered characters. Tomboys are not transgendered.

      The best thing to do is to approach these kids compassionately in ways that have been shown to be effective instead of treating them like “sissies” who just need to grow up and blaming the doctors and parents trying to help them for the problem.