South Dakota could become the first state to ban transgender students from using restrooms of the gender they identify with.
The state Senate passed the bill Tuesday in a 20-15 vote, after the state House approved it 58-10 last month. The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard's desk.
If the governor signs off, school restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities that could be occupied by multiple students may only be used by students of the same biological sex.
The bill states that if a student says he or she is transgender, and a parent "consents to that assertion in writing," the student should be given a "reasonable accommodation."
A "reasonable accommodation" could include a single-occupancy restroom, a unisex restroom or the controlled use of a restroom or locker room, the bill states.
At first I was drawn back by the title of the article on CNN. And usually I would never peruse CNN for blog worthy material, but the worlds changing and transgender people are a key example in this. As I read through the entire article I found that I don't have a problem with the bill being pushed through South Dakota legislature. People should be able to go to whatever bathroom they choose within reason. Womens bathroom should be for people with vaginas, Mens bathrooms should be for people with penises. Pretty simple. The whole argument for Transgender people using the bathroom they identify with is that they feel comfortable doing that right? Well I am pretty sure the reason there are gender separate bathrooms is so that both genders can feel comfortable doing the most uncomfortable thing in public.
Sorry but it makes sense. If were going to be fair to everyone we should have gender separate bathrooms in schools. Your personal life choices are yours to make by yourself. Public schools can be a vicious place, though. All it takes is one person to say something mean and jokes begin to spread like wildfire. So it makes sense to me if a transgender person feels uncomfortable in the bathroom of their biological gender, that they get a separate or unisex bathroom that they can use.
Update: 2/18/16: it seems like people are pretty pissed off about this. I don't get it. Actually I do. People read the first line of the article and then quit to join twitter outrage. Well I'm pretty sure it clearly says, if they want to they can have their parents tell the school to make their whatever a special bathroom. How is that not fair? Get your own bathroom? I don't think I have ever had my own bathroom, they should be happy.
Just a tweet about this from username al pal @aliceserine: ".@SDGovDaugaard the youth of this state is going to leave if legislators continue to violate our rights and silence our voices". Good one. Really great. First question, where are you reading this "the right to go to the wrong bathroom thing"? Because I am pretty that does not exist. Follow up question, do you really think any amount of people leaving South Dakota will do anything to South Dakota? Because I don't. I think its kinda odd that people are making such a big deal about this. This country does not make laws for the loudest or most annoying groups of people, wait a minute. We make laws for everyone.
School bathrooms are literally all the same. Except that one has devices suited for people biologically born with a average to small rod like sex organ, and the other has more toilets for vaginas. If you really want a special bathroom, just make your fucking parents send a letter to the schools admins and they will turn whatever broom closet into a sexless, neutral gender identity safe space all for yourself. Only in South Dakota though.
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