A new California law allows for individuals to be jailed up to a year if they repeatedly use a name or pronoun inconsistent with a person’s chosen gender identity. The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday, is being called the latest salvo in a war against opposing thought, critics say.
The law is part of a “LGBT Senior Bill of Rights,” and applies only to transgender seniors and individuals in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. It demands the use of gender pronouns consistent with a person’s proclaimed gender identity.
California can now start jailing people that refuse to use the preferred gender pronouns of nursing home residents after Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill Thursday.
The law’s effect is limited to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, but mandates that those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” can be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code.
Known as the “LGBT Senior Bill Of Rights,” the legislation also requires nursing homes and care facilities to allow residents to use the bathroom of their choice, regardless of biological sex. The bill’s author, state Sen. Scott Weiner, argues that religious views don’t hold weight in public areas.
“Everyone is entitled to their religious view,” Wiener said. “But when you enter the public space, when you are running an institution, you are in a workplace, you are in a civil setting, and you have to follow the law.”