BAKERSFIELD, California (KGET) -- With a new school year comes a new law in California.

Governor Jerry Brown signed a first of its kind bill Monday, giving transgender students in public schools more equality.

From sports teams to restroom facilities, transgender students will soon be able to join and use those matching their gender identity in public schools regardless of what sex is on their birth certificate.

"These are important opportunities for transgender students to be whole human beings and they are absolutely necessary," said Whitney Weddell with the Bakersfield LGBTQ.

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