March 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Lawmakers in Texas, Kentucky, and Minnesota have introduced bills that would require public schools to protect students from local transgender bathroom laws.
The “Kentucky Student Privacy Act,” introduced by State Senator C.B. Embry Jr., R-Morgantown, requires all people to use bathrooms designated for the biological sex of their birth. Additionally, students who “encounter a person of the opposite biological sex in a bathroom or locker room” can sue schools for $2,500 “if staff have allowed it or failed to prohibit it,” reports The Courier-Journal.
The bill, which has passed the state Senate, is similar to one that has homosexual activists in Texas crying foul.
Texas H.B. 2801, introduced by state Rep. Gilbert Pena, R-Pasadena, requires “only persons of the same biological sex may be present at the same time in any bathroom, locker room, or shower facility in a building owned by the district.”
While schools have some flexibility regarding facilities for transgender students, the Texas bill — one of three introduced this session, according to the LGBT activist blog TowleRoad — would also allow students to sue for $2,000 plus associated legal costs if transgender students are found in the wrong facilities.
TowleRoad called this the equivalent of “the bill…[placing] a bounty on the heads of transgender students.”
Like Texas, Minnesota has seen several bills introduced to protect students from transgender advocates. One bill was introduced once in the Senate and twice in the House as a response to the Minnesota State High School League's decision on transgender students in December to allow transgender boys to use the same hotel room, locker room, and shower facilities as girls. That proposal would require boys to use facilities appropriate to their physical biology.
Minnesota state law already allows women to play on boys' teams — including transgender females who believe they are actually males.