SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown made history Monday when he signed into law a bill that allows transgender students in California’s public schools to choose which restrooms and locker rooms they feel more comfortable using.

Jerry-Brown-22The new law – which is the first of its kind in the U.S. – also allows students to decide whether to participate in boys’ or girls’ sports, reports.

Supporters say the law is needed to curtail bullying and discrimination of transgender students and to create a uniform standard for school districts across the state, reports

“This is about the safety of our trans students,” Ben Hudson of Gender Health Center told CBS. “These students are often in fear of their own safety and their own protection. They’re concerned about being bullied in school.”

Critics say the new law represents “San Francisco values” and is unnecessary, since state law already bars “schools from discriminating against students based on their gender identity,” according to