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In California, it May Soon be a Criminal Offense to Call Someone by the Wrong Gender Pronoun

  • Veronica Neffinger

    Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the…

  • 2017 Aug 28

The California State Senate has passed a bill that would make it a criminal offense to address a transgender person by the wrong pronoun.

According to, the bill now goes on to the State Assembly. If passed and signed by the governor, the bill could enforce criminal penalties, including jail time, against someone who refuses to address a transgender individual by their chosen gender pronoun.

The bill passed the Senate in a vote of 26-12. According to The Daily Caller, “The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who ‘willfully and repeatedly’ refuse ‘to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns’ could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath [sic] and Safety code.”

Although the current scope of the bill is relegated to nursing homes and care facilities, experts believe if passed, it will soon become law in other contexts as well.

Hotair commentator Jazz Shaw notes that California has been becomingly increasingly liberal in its laws--so much so that many, perhaps only part-jokingly, suggested that California’s threats to secede would not be a big loss for the country.


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Publication date: August 28, 2018