Today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law mandating guidance from the Commissioner of Education on transgender students. New Jersey will now be the 11th state (+ DC) to issue statewide guidance.
This is a huge victory for equality in New Jersey, and we want to send a big thank you to Governor Christie for standing on the right side of history on this one. As he did with the conversion therapy ban, Governor Christie took a stand for LGBT youth in New Jersey by signing this important legislation, and he deserves our thanks.
We also want to thank our legislative allies, and the bill’s sponsors Senators Ruiz and Vitale, Assembly Persons Caride, Downey, Eustace, Gusciora, Jasey, Vaineiri Huttle, and Wimberly. We want to give an extra special shout out to Assemblywoman Valerie Vaineiri Huttle, who had the vision to introduce this bill on behalf of some of the most vulnerable members of our community -- transgender children -- and who worked with GSE and her fellow legislators to ensure that it passed. From start to finish she has been there for our community, and we owe her a debt of gratitude.
We also want to thank our community partners, and all of our members who fought hard for this win. We want to thank the parents and children who came down to the statehouse, told their stories, and put a human face on this story. This victory belongs to all of you and to the young people throughout the state of New Jersey who will be able to attend safer, more welcoming schools thanks to your efforts.