The California State Assembly voted Wednesday to recognize August as “Transgender History Month,” beginning in 2024. Assemblyman Matt Haney (D-San Francisco) introduced HR 57 on August 29th, and it was passed by the Assembly Rules Committee August 31st. Wednesday the full Assembly passed the Resolution.
Honey Mahogany, chair person of the San Francisco Democrat Party, said based on “attacks on the trans community,” including “attempts at legislating against our community,” “it is important that we stop spreading misinformation about the trans community.”
Speaking of misinformation… “attacks” on the trans community are efforts by parents and lawmakers to keep drag queens out of public schools, and putting a stop to trans athletes taking over women’s sports.
Assemblyman Matt Haney (D-San Francisco), the bill’s author, said, “I couldn’t be more proud to have introduced legislation that will designate August as the first statewide Transgender History month in the nation,” Fox 40 reported.
Jorge Reyes Salinas of Equality California says the advocacy group supports the bold stance by the state Assembly, CBS News reported. “Especially now, in a time that we are seeing a constant, week-after-week attacks against the LGBTQ+ community, especially the transgender community,” said Salinas. “It’s really a reminder that California stands behind the trans community and now more than ever we are not giving up on reinforcing that value.”
Assemblyman Haney said in the press conference that California has become a sanctuary state for the trans community. “California is the first state in the country to recognize transgender history month.”
Assembly Rules Committee analysis of HR 57 makes the following legislative findings:
- 1) The suppression of gender variance among indigenous California cultures by Spanish and later Anglo settlers was a foundational event of the history of the state, as documented in the journal of soldier Pedro Fages, who wrote in 1775 about native peoples he encountered near present-day San Diego, whom he described as “those Indian men who, both here and farther inland, observed in the dress, clothing, and character of women… They are called joyas, and they are held in great esteem.”
- California has long been the epicenter of the trans liberation movement, possessing suitable historical qualities sufficient for the recognition of Transgender History Month as an opportunity to provide education, insight, and awareness of the monumental contributions to Golden State history by transgender Californians.
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