Target: Kansas Speaker of the House Representative Ray Merrick
Goal: Don’t let students sue schools just for seeing a trans person in a bathroom that matches their gender identity.
Students could be allowed to sue their schools for $2,500 each time they spot a trans woman in a women’s bathroom or a trans man in a men’s bathroom if a bill introduced to the Kansas legislature is made into law. This bill declares that letting transgender people into restrooms or locker rooms where they feel most comfortable and safe somehow damages the mental health of cisgender people.
Not only is this ridiculous, it opens transgender people up to intense harassment and bullying. It sends the message that trans people are a direct threat to the rest of the population. Plus, how are people supposed to determine who is and isn’t transgender? This could actually encourage cisgender students to try and peep on their fellow student’s genitals. Even then, advances in medical science have made it so nearly anyone can have whatever genitals they want. Are they going to hunt people down and force them to submit to DNA tests?
This legislation makes no sense and will do nothing but create more animosity toward trans people, fueling the harassment that has already made so many trans individuals fear using public restrooms at all. This kind of transphobic bigotry cannot be tolerated. Sign our petition to demand that this anti-trans bill be rejected.
Dear Representative Merrick,
The Kansas legislature is currently considering a bill that would allow students in public schools and universities to sue these institutions for $2,500 any time they see a transgender woman in a women’s bathroom or a transgender man in a men’s bathroom. The same goes for locker rooms.
This is a disgusting proposition that makes absolutely no sense. Trans people already have an incredibly difficult time trying to navigate public restrooms. Trans women who use the men’s restroom are liable to be sexually assaulted, while trans men risk being called perverts and predators if they use the women’s bathroom. Your bill not only demands that they face this, it claims that their using bathrooms that are safe and appropriate for them is somehow psychologically damaging to cisgender people.
How do you propose people prove that a trans person used the facility this bill says is the wrong one? Are the students supposed to peep on one another’s genitals or film each other in the restroom or locker room? All this bill will do is increase the transphobia and bullying that is actually damaging to trans people and is the reason they’re afraid to go in public at all. We demand that this bill be struck down.
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