Kentucky's anti-transgender "bathroom bill" finally dies
The bill in Kentucky that would have banned transgender students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity is finally gone.
On the last working day of the Senate session, the Kentucky House refused to hear the bill. Even after the original sponsor, Sen. C.B. Embry, tried in a “last-ditch effort” to tack transphobic bathroom policies on as an amendment to another education bill, his amendment failed there, too.
Following voting, Democratic Senator Reggie Thomas lamented the House’s inability to send a “clean bill” to the governor, reports local news station WMKY. “This Senate has succeeded in doing one thing,” he declared. “We have now shown every young person across this state how messy, how futile, and how ineffective government is.”
Trans advocates are still lauding the House’s decision, whether it was a result of government inefficiencies, a push for trans youth rights, or both. “We are elated that this mean-spirited legislation has failed,” Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund Executive Director Michael Silverman said in a statement. “Denying students access to bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with who they are is cruel. It is also illegal, as it violates Title IX’s anti-discrimination provisions as interpreted by the United States Departments of Justice and Education.”
Finally. This would have been truly awful; nice save, Kentucky.