California – The Third District Court of Appeals this week ruled that forcing nursing home staff to refer to transgender residents by their preferred pronoun violates the First Amendment.
The 2017 law prohibited nursing home staffers from ‘discriminating’ or ‘mistreating’ residents by referring to anything other than their preferred pronouns.
Anyone who violated the California Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The appeals court overturned the part of the law that ban employees from “misgendering them” also known as “deadnaming.”
NBC News reported:
The Third District Court of Appeal overturned the part of the law barring employees of long-term care facilities from willfully and repeatedly using anything other than residents’ preferred names and pronouns. In doing so, the law banned employees from using the incorrect pronouns for trans residents, also known as misgendering them, or using their legal name, also known as deadnaming them.
That ban violates employees’ rights to free