Kentucky Rep. Proposes Bill To Prevent Transgender Students From Using Bathrooms According To “Gender Identity”


A Kentucky legislator has proposed a new piece of legislation that would put a stop the state’s transgender schoolchildren using the bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their “gender identity.”

The proposed bill, titled the Kentucky Student Privacy Act, was pre-filed by state Rep. David Hale to stave off the “potential embarrassment, shame and psychological injury” inevitably experienced by students who are otherwise forced to utilize the school’s bathrooms and change rooms alongside gender-confused peers of the opposite sex.

The bill accurately states that having what amounts to co-ed school bathrooms has “a significant potential for disruption of school activities and unsafe conditions.”

The bill does not condemn gender-confused children to the use of the facilities that match their biological sex, however. If a student brought written consent from a parent or guardian affirming their “gender identity,” the school would need to provide them with “the best available accommodation.” This could be a single-stall bathroom, a unisex bathroom, or even faculty bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers, according to the bill.

While many would consider this to be a reasonable, compassionate compromise, the left continues to demonstrate that they will not be satisfied until they have achieved complete societal domination, including unrestricted access to whichever spaces to which they feel entitled.

In a statement to the Courier-Journal, Chris Hartman, the director of the Fairness Campaign, called the bill “political pandering” to “an ultra-conservative minority.”

“It’s gross, it’s disgusting, it’s dangerous and it’s deadly,” Hartman said, not shying away from hyperbole in referencing the fragile mental state of the gender-dysphoric child. “I wish legislators would mind their own business in the bathroom.”

I wonder if Hartman would have the nerve to tell the young girl in Illinois who bravely fought back tears after her school voted against her right to privacy that she, or legislators trying to help those like her, need to “mind their own business.”

The aspect of the bill which has leftists in an outright tizzy is the clause that would enable a student to sue the school in the event of failing to keep children of the opposite sex out of their bathrooms.

The bill states:

While accessing a restroom, locker room, or shower room designated for use by his or her biological sex, a student encountering a person of the opposite biological sex shall have a private cause of action against the school if school personnel:

1. Gave the person encountered permission to use facilities of the opposite biological sex; or

2. Failed to take reasonable steps to prohibit the person encountered from using facilities designated for use by the opposite biological sex.

While Rep. Hale has not yet offered public comment on this bill, its text speaks heartily for itself.

“School personnel have a duty to protect the dignity, health, welfare, and privacy rights of students in their care,” the bill states. “Children and young adults have natural and normal concerns about privacy while in various states of undress, and most wish for members of the opposite biological sex not to be present in those circumstances.”

“Parents have a reasonable expectation that schools will not allow minor children to be viewed in various states of undress by members of the opposite biological sex, nor allow minor children to view members of the opposite sex in various states of undress,” the bill continues. “Schools have a duty to respect and protect the privacy rights of students, including the right not to be compelled to undress or be unclothed in the presence of members of the opposite biological sex.”

How insane that we even need a piece of legislation like this. You would think this would be common sense!!

As it is currently written, Hale’s bill declares an emergency, which would allow the bill to take effect immediately upon its passage and approval by the Governor. Considering that, for now, students nationwide are forced each and every day to share these private spaces with members of the opposite sex, I’d say “emergency” is an accurate term.

Kentucky’s 2020 legislative session convenes January 7. They need to hear from us! If you are in Kentucky, reach out to your representative and urge them to co-sponsor Bill Request 1020.

Reach out to Rep. Hale and thank him for this common-sense bill! It is becoming increasingly uncommon for a public servant to have such boldness. We need more of this!

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