An Entire Month of Celebration: California Declares August as “Transgender History Month”
California never fails to push the boundaries when it comes to celebrating diversity and inclusivity. In a bold move, the California Assembly has voted to declare August as “Transgender History Month” starting in 2024. This decision is a response to the wave of legislation in Republican-controlled states that has targeted the “human and civil rights” of the transgender community.
The Assembly, in a news release, highlighted the alarming number of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced across the country, with the majority specifically aimed at transgender individuals. This declaration is a powerful statement against these discriminatory measures.
But it’s not just about fighting back against oppressive legislation. The Assembly also wants to dispel the myth that transgender people are a recent phenomenon. They emphasized that gender-nonconforming and trans individuals have existed throughout history, with documented evidence dating back to ancient times. California, in particular, has a rich transgender history that spans centuries.
California declares August “Transgender History Month” starting in 2024.
California’s State Assembly has voted in favor of House Resolution 57, establishing that August will be recognized as Transgender History Month. It is the first state to honor “trans history” with the… pic.twitter.com/zT6mdjidLa
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 8, 2023
The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Assemblymember Matt Haney of San Francisco, passionately stated that transgender people have always existed. From ancient civilizations like Egypt and Rome to Native American cultures, the history of transgender individuals is deeply rooted in humanity’s past.
Of course, not everyone is thrilled about this progressive move. Members of the Christian community, such as Paul Chappell, Senior Pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church and President of West Coast Baptist College, expressed their opposition. Chappell believes that this is part of a larger agenda pushed by Governor Gavin Newsom and warned that it could spread nationwide.
This is the sick agenda of Gavin Newsom and he wants to take it nationwide. Every Californian who professes a relationship with Christ should contact their state senator & demand schools stick with reading and writing. These laws are brainwashing children. https://t.co/rAuWadkU7W
— Paul Chappell (@PaulChappell) September 8, 2023
Despite the opposition, many Californians are celebrating this historic decision. However, not everyone shares the same enthusiasm. One social media user expressed their frustration, claiming that California has lost its way by prioritizing a “Transgender History Month” instead of addressing pressing issues like homelessness.
California has long been at the forefront of transgender rights, often passing progressive legislation. For example, the state recently enacted a law that punishes parents who refuse to affirm their child’s self-identified gender. These actions have sparked both support and controversy.
A California bill AB957 was just amended to add “a parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity” as part of the “health, safety, and welfare of the child” in the state’s Family Code.
If parents disapprove of their child’s gender transition, and say a teacher or lgbt… pic.twitter.com/YyaHLoSHFk
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 9, 2023
Last year, the California Assembly passed a similar bill, establishing the state as a “refuge” for transgender children and their families. This legislation directed law enforcement not to cooperate with other states’ efforts to prosecute parents accused of violating local child protection laws.
Love it or hate it, California’s declaration of August as “Transgender History Month” is a significant step towards recognizing and honoring the transgender community’s contributions throughout history. It’s a month-long celebration that aims to educate, inspire, and foster understanding.
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