If there was widespread support for opening public restroom and shower facilities to both genders, to accommodate the wishes of some transgender people, it would probably be in California, arguably the most progressive of all states.

Yet there seems to be significant opposition to that concept in the state.

Last year, approximately 620,000 California residents signed a petition to force a referendum on a 2013 state law that guarantees transgender students in public schools the right to use the restroom and shower facilities of their choice, based on their self-perceived gender.

That means biological boys can use girls’ restrooms and shower facilities, and the other way around. Privacy for All, the group behind the petition drive, wanted citizens to have the opportunity to void that law.

But the petition is currently bottled up in court, because the state invalidated thousands of signatures, leaving it short of the number needed to force a statewide election.

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