California Transgender Bill Threatens a Year in Prison

Healthcare professionals are the first targets of California transgender protections, but politicians promise no one will be prosecuted.

The new California transgender bill requires caregivers to use the person’s preferred pronouns and explicitly threatens violators with a year in prison. But pointing this out is called “scare tactics” by the authors of the bill. If passed, they claim no one will actually be prosecuted for violating the law.

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Fox News reports, “New California law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun, sponsor denies that would happen.

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California health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient’s “preferred name or pronouns” could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation last week.

The sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, has argued adamantly that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun.

“It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections,” he said in a statement last month.

But the language seemingly allows for the possibility, however remote.

The bill itself is aimed at protecting transgender and other LGBT individuals in hospitals, retirement homes and assisted living facilities.

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