LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — UPDATE: March 1, 2016 — South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has VETOED the state’s Bathroom Bill! More from the Washington Post:
“South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) has vetoed a bill that would have been the first in the nation to restrict transgender students’ access to school restrooms and locker rooms, a move that came after LGBT-rights activists waged a furious campaign against the measure.
In a message to state lawmakers announcing his veto, Daugaard said that the bill would have introduced a new statewide mandate that “does not address any pressing issue concerning the school districts of South Dakota.”
“Instead of encouraging local solutions, this bill broadly regulates in a manner that invites conflict and litigation, diverting energy and resources from the education of the children of this state,” Daugaard wrote, emphasizing that local school districts should be able to decide how to handle questions about bathroom use without interference from the state or federal government.”
Original article: An anti-transgender Bathroom Cop bill passed both houses in South Dakota and has landed on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature. There has been numerous attempts in the past in the United States to get a bill like this passed, but none have progressed to this stage. This one is only a signature away from actually becoming law.
We’ve heard these irrational rationalizations before. The Republican legislators in South Dakota are no different:
Republican State Sen. Brock Greenfield, sponsor of the bill: “We’re talking about our youths commingling in bathrooms and locker rooms, biological males and biological females . . .”
Republican Sen. David Omdahl: “I’m sorry if you’re so twisted you don’t know who you are . . .” and “[the bill is to] preserve the innocence of our young people.”
At this point, only one person can now stop can stop the bill from becoming law: Gov. .
The trans community is out in force to convince Daugaard to do the right thing. Means to contact him is provided below.
Blogger Lauren-Elizabeth McGrath pretty much sums up what a lot of people are thinking: “Creepy lawmakers in South Dakota are mouth-foamingly obsessed with people’s genitals, namely the genitals of children, transgender children, in public schools.”
From the National Center For Transgender Equality (NCTE):
“[South Dakota] House Bill 1008. What it does: Requires students to use single-sex facilities (like restrooms and changing rooms) according to their sex assigned at birth and requires schools to segregate all multi-user facilities by sex. Creates restrictions on when trans students can use single-user restrooms.”
Contact Gov. Daugaard and voice your concerns:
Office of the Governor
500 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
t/h: Ginger Marshall
Update March 1, 2016 — Bathroom Bill vetoed: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/03/01/south-dakota-governor-must-decide-tuesday-whether-to-restrict-transgender-students-access-to-school-restrooms/
I wrote earlier about what can be done if Bathroom Bill ever becomes law: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/11/04/call-for-trans-men-to-invade-public-womens-bathrooms-in-houston/
More: [warning, this link loads a lot of junk ads] http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/17/south-dakota-lawmakers-approve-transgender-bathroo/?page=2
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