Kentucky’s state Senate has passed a bill that would ban transgender students from using school bathrooms and other gendered facilities that correspond with their gender identity.
The bill made a comeback this past week when it passed in a committee after a surprise second vote that came with little advance notice. The Senate passed it 27-9 and is moving it to the Democrat-controlled House, where it will probably (and hopefully) die.
"What an embarrassment the Kentucky Senate has made of our commonwealth today," said Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman in a statement Friday. "The chamber has made headlines prioritizing a bill in its Education Committee that does nothing but further marginalize one of Kentucky’s most vulnerable populations. The Senate has acted shamefully this week."
Conservative lawmakers in Texas and Florida have also introduced bills this year criminalizing transgender people’s restroom use, claiming that trans-inclusive policies make it easier for sexual predators to sneak into women’s bathrooms.
In reality, transgender people are at a starkly heightened risk of being the victims of violence when they use public facilities. And with hundreds of trans-inclusive equal accommodation ordinances around the country in force for decades, there has never been a single verified instance of someone “pretending” to be trans to gain bathroom access to and harass a cisgender person.
Kentucky. Why. Get your head in the game.