California school districts would be required to update their records to reflect the names and genders of graduates who have changed them since getting their diplomas under a bill approved by state lawmakers on Thursday, reports The Modesto Bee.
The measure they sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom is intended to particularly help transgender graduates or those who identify themselves as having no gender, said Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu of San Francisco.
Those graduates already often face discrimination and their efforts to find jobs can be affected if their student records don’t reflect their legal name, he said. Old records can also inadvertently reveal that a graduate is transgender when they have not otherwise made the transition public.