Posted by Melanie Nathan, March 25, 2015.
The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to news that the Kentucky Legislature had failed to pass legislation that targeted transgender students for discrimination. Introduced by Kentucky State Senator CB Embry, Jr., the bill would have barred transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they are as boys and girls.
Last night Kentucky’s legislative session ended without the bill advancing.
Statement from TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman:
“We are elated that his mean-spirited legislation has failed and congratulate The Fairness Coalition for their tireless work to defeat the bill. 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. This bill would have hurt already-vulnerable transgender students who regularly face bullying and other forms of harassment. TLDEF will continue to speak out against legislation designed to put transgender students in harm’s way.”
Did you know that:
Just over 50 years ago, Kentucky became the civil rights leader in the South when it passed the 1960 Human Rights Act?