Public Law Journal: Summer 2014, Vol. 37, No. 3
- Four Members Appointed to the Public Law Section Executive Committee
- Inclusionary Zoning for Affordable Housing Under Attack
- Legislation Update
- Litigation & Case Law Update
- Message from the Chair
- Sold Out Public Records & Open Meetings Conference Offers Survey of Existing Laws, Compliance Issues, and Current Developments.
- The Public Law Section Plans Dynamic Annual Meeting Programs
- Through the Looking Glass: Why Making "Reverse Ceqa" the Law in California Would Significantly Expand Ceqa's Scope While Undermining Its Purpose and Procedures
- Two Views: "Reverse Ceqa"
- When Government Cover-ups are a Good Thing: Preventing Exposure of Your Agency's Decisionmaking Via the Deliberative Process Privilege
- Willfully Ignorant: the California Building Industry Association's Attempt to Eliminate Ceqa's Long-Standing Role in Protecting Human Health and Public Safety
- The Next Frontier: Transgender Legal Rights
The Next Frontier: Transgender Legal Rights
MCLE SELF-STUDY ARTICLE
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By Ilona M. Turner*
A 16-year-old transgender girl in Contra Costa County is repeatedly bullied at school for her feminine gender expression. She complains to school officials but the harassment continues, day after day, and she grows increasingly desperate. One day another student who is her primary tormentor spits gum in her face. Shortly thereafter, pushed over the edge and feeling completely out of options, she responds physically. Two other bullies jump in to assist the first one. The episode is caught on cell phone video, with three girls plainly attacking the transgender teen. When the situation draws the attention of the district attorney, however, criminal charges are filed only against the bullied student.