Donate | Advocate | VolunteerDear supporter, Today, all of us — transgender students, parents, educators, friends and supporters — are concerned with news coming out of the Secretary of State's Office, but optimistic that the School Success and Opportunity Act will remain the law. A referendum attempt on the law, which went into effect on January 1st and helps schools better understand how to provide a fair opportunity for transgender students to participate and succeed, is advancing to a full signature count. And we've already heard reactions from some of the people affected: “As a Mom, I am breathing easier but remain nervous because all I want is for my child, and all children, to participate fully in school, succeed and become wonderful adults. That's what this law is about,” said Catherine Lee, Ashton Lee's mother. “In my experience, supporting transgender students based on their gender identity, including allowing them to use facilities or participate in activities, is just another way that schools work to ensure all students can be successful,” said Sara Stone, a principal at Oakland Unified School District. “This is not an issue that other students are bothered about, and is one that makes a tremendous difference for the transgender students we serve." Both state and federal law already prohibits discrimination against transgender students, and many school districts have had supportive policies in place for years. But before the School Success and Opportunity Act, many schools did not understand how to fulfill their obligations to support these students. Rest assured that regardless of the outcome of this referendum attempt, EQCA is committed to doing whatever it takes to defend this bill and protect the opportunities it creates for all students, including transgender students. Counties have until February 24 to complete their signature verification process, and during that time we will continue to provide updates as they are made available. Finally, because this is a very real attack on transgender youth, we have to campaign to defend this law and that means that we need your help to make sure that we have the most effective strategy possible. Please join the fight by making a contribution of $1266, $266 or $66 to help ensure that all students are protected from these continued attacks! We will also need an army of supporters to help get out the stories of transgender students to the public. Please sign up to volunteer in the coming weeks. Thank you for your continued efforts in supporting all students. Look for updates from me in the coming weeks about our next steps and what you can do to help. With gratitude,
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