Target: Steve Beshear, Kentucky Governor
Goal: Don’t forbid transgender students from using the correct bathrooms.
Transgender students in Kentucky could soon be banned from using their gender’s bathrooms in school, and schools could be forbidden from accommodating transgender students if a newly proposed bill is passed. The bill would require students to be identified by their ‘biological sex’ and only use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their assigned sex at birth. The law would even allow students to sue the schools if they encounter a transgender student in the ‘wrong’ bathroom. If passed, this law would be a major setback for transgender students who are seeking recognition and acceptance in their schools, and would make it illegal for schools to comply and respect students’ gender identities. Please join us in fighting against this discriminatory law.
Some schools around the country have been stepping up and establishing regulations that respect transgender students’ gender identities and allow them to live freely according to their gender while at school, including using gender-appropriate bathrooms. This bill, proposed by Sen. C.B. Embry Jr. (R), would make that illegal, and will require schools to discriminate against their transgender students, or face legal and financial consequences. The bill would limit transgender students to only using single-stall restrooms, unisex bathrooms, or faculty bathrooms. This will not only create a practical problem, but will also serve to single out trans students and discourage other students from respecting their gender identities.
Encouraging students to take legal action against their schools simply for encountering a transgender student in the bathroom criminalizes trans students’ bodies and creates a situation where their mere presence in a space is illegal. This creates a hostile environment towards trans students and places more challenges in their process of obtaining an education. Join us in calling on Kentucky’s governor and asking that he takes immediate action against this bill.
Dear Governor Beshear,
A bill was recently proposed in the Kentucky Senate that would require school bathrooms and locker rooms to be divided by ‘biological’ sex, and keep transgender students from using the bathrooms that correspond with their gender. The law would allow students to sue their schools if they encounter a transgender student in the bathroom, and would require schools to disrespect trans students’ gender identities by banning them from the correct bathrooms. Please act to stop this bill from passing, as it would make discrimination against trans students the norm and send Kentucky backwards instead of forward.
Transgender students around the county have been fighting to gain recognition and respect of their gender identities, and some schools have gotten the message and instated policies that ensure all students have their gender identities respected. This bill would make that illegal and will promote intolerance of trans students. It will also pose a practical challenge to transgender students, who will be forced to use specific bathrooms, either single-stall, unisex, or staff bathrooms, which are much less available.
Please don’t let this discriminatory bill pass. Transgender students are a vulnerable population and they need the protection and respect of their schools and state. This bill would unfairly target them and create a hostile environment towards them in school. Please act immediately and stop this bill.
[Your Name Here]
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