Two years ago the California State Legislature overwhelmingly approved the bi-partisan Menstrual Equity for All Act mandating the placement of feminine hygiene products into public school bathrooms, grades 6 through 12, including in at least one male restroom per school. The bill, which went into effect this year, is still making news with conservative pundits and politicians making fun of California’s craziness.
But it seems the state legislature isn’t done. This year, Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino), is doubling down on the insanity and introduced AB 230, a bill requiring menstrual products in girls’ and boys’ bathrooms starting in the third grade.
The bill is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in Redlands, CA. It shouldn’t be surprising this “girls” organization would promote the idea that some boys menstruate. The Girl Scout headquarters encourages each scout troop to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month. According to a recommended activity flier, troop members learn that gender or sex has nothing to do with biology. “Transgender or Trans: When your gender identity (how you feel) is different than what doctors/midwives assigned to you when you were born (girl/boy or sex assigned at birth),” states the flier.
This year the San Gorgonio troop plans to celebrate LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) Pride Month on June 10th by inviting a “local Drag Queen [to] host bingo games with the chance of winning prizes.”
A San Diego parent in the Poway Unified School District, Phil Kendro, tried to demonstrate the absurdity of giving boys feminine products recently by posting a picture of a tampon machine mounted on a wall next to a boy’s urinal. The picture was taken by his 13-year-old son.
“I think it’s crazy and unbelievable that they would put a tampon and pad dispenser in the boys locker room because they should KNOW that boys will be boys and waste them and cause trouble,” the 13-year-old male Bernardo Heights student, told the American Spectator.
“My son told us about the tampon dispenser because he was surprised to see it in the boys restroom, and I asked him to take a photo for us,” said Phil Kendro, the 13-year-old’s father. “Originally, he didn’t want to because he was told by a staffer that they shouldn’t take photos. But I told him there’s nothing in school that should be hidden from us parents.”
AB 230 has already passed the Assembly Education Committee, with a 7 – 0 vote, and will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 18th.
Please call Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) office at (916) 319-2050.
Ask her to stop sowing confusion into the hearts and mind of our young people. Ask her to amend AB 230 to remove the feminine products mandate for boys’ 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade bathrooms.