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South Dakota is just a governor’s signature away from becoming the first US state to legally require transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their sex at birth.
Supporters of the bill, HB 1008, say it is meant to protect the privacy of students and is not meant to be hurtful in any way. Opponents say it is discriminatory and believe it will send a message that, “it’s ok to segregate, humiliate and bully transgender students.”
One could argue that transgenders 'segregate and humiliate' themselves. What is wrong with having separate washrooms for transgendered kids? It's not as though they are going to be traumatized by being singled out - they've already done that to themselves.
The bill was passed Tuesday by the state’s senate by a 20 to 15 vote.
The wording of the bill states that schools will have to provide “reasonable accommodation” for transgender students, as every restroom and locker room that students can use, will be designated by their biological sex – referring to one’s sex at birth.
One person, who would be severely impacted if the ruling is passed, is 18-year-old Thomas Lewis, who is transgender. He says that all his teachers call him by his new name, but says the new law “makes me feel like I’m not a human being.” Seriously? Good grief!
"The law means that no matter what people might think at school, how they might accept me at school, the state doesn't," he said, according to AP.
It is not you they don't accept, Thomas; is it your decision to identify as the opposite to your born gender. And it is the nightmare of having a trans with male apparatus changing clothes in the same room with little girls. That is called child sex abuse! There are laws against people exposing themselves to the opposite sex; and whatever sex you think you are, everyone else determines your sex by your parts.
My advice, Thomas, get some serious psychological help before you do something stupid like having a sex-change operation.
South Dakota’s Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard will make the final decision on whether to pass the legislation. He initially seemed to look positively at the proposal, but later stated he needed more time in order to look into the issue in more depth and listen to testimony before making a final decision.
Senator Brock Greenfield is one person who is in favor of passing the legislation, saying, “We recognize there are a number of concerns, but let me just ask you: do you feel it appropriate for a 12-year-old girl to be exposed to the anatomy of a boy?”
Meanwhile Republican Jim Bolin, the bill’s sponsor, said that claims of different gender are “profound,” while they also challenge "many basic concepts as to the nature and character of life and society,” as cited by AP.
Those against the bill have launched a petition on the American Civil Liberties Union website and have already managed to amass in excess of 17,000 signatures.
“If Governor Dennis Daugaard signs the bill into law, it could set a horrifying standard for the rest of the country to legislate hate,” a statement by the organization read.
The hyperbole here is over the top. They turn the protection of children from sexual abuse into 'hate'! Amazing!
Democrat politicians are also saying that the bill could affect South Dakota financially if it is passed. Federal officials say that barring students from restrooms that match their current gender identity is illegal under the Title IX anti-discrimination law.
Is there some kind of registry required by each school to determine who self-identifies as the opposite of their biological gender. If not, any guy could walk into a girl's change-room claiming he just decided that he was a girl. Trust me; it just happened in Seattle with an adult male.
“The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices,” an overview on the US Department of Justice website read.
One could argue that allowing transgendered people into change-rooms for those of the opposite biological gender, is, in itself, sexual discrimination.
Democrats say that if the controversial legislation is introduced, this could mean that federal government could stop funding public schools, while it could also open the way for numerous costly law suits.