Earlier this month California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a legal alert addressed to all California county, school district, and charter school boards and superintendents, warning them against forced gender identity disclosure policies detrimental to the privacy, safety, and well-being of transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

The alert comes following a wave of anti-trans and anti-LGTBQ+ activism from conservative groups that is causing deep harm to students, school workers, and school communities. 

On the same day the Attorney General issued the legal alert, CFT joined CTA and associations representing school counselors, psychologists, and school social workers in filing an amicus brief against an anti-LGTBQ+ lawsuit in the Chico Unified School District. The lawsuit against CUSD was brought by a parent who falsely alleged that a counselor pressured a student to use male pronouns. The parent also claims that parents have a constitutional right to force school districts to out students to the student’s family even when the student objects and feels that disclosure would impact their safety. The suit was dismissed by a federal judge in July, but has been appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

For more on LGTBQ+ rights in K-12 public schools, see this excellent resource from the ACLU.