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This week, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed a bill making it state law barring transgender students from using restrooms that do not align with their biological sex listed on their birth certificate.
One news outlet called it “the latest in a series of GOP-led legislative efforts to restrict LGBTQ rights in schools.”
What about the other students’ rights to feel safe and comfortable in the restroom?
The governor’s spokesperson, Alexa Henning said, “The governor has said she will sign laws that focus on protecting and educating our kids, not indoctrinating them and believes our schools are no place for the radical left’s woke agenda.”
“Arkansas isn’t going to rewrite the rules of biology just to please a handful of far-left advocates,” she added.
Paul Castillo, senior counsel and students’ rights strategist for Lambda Legal, lambasted the legislation.
“They’re singling out transgender people for no other reason than dislike, disapproval and misunderstanding of who transgender youth are,” said Castillo. “And the entire school population suffers as a result of these types of bills, particularly schools and teachers and administrators who are dealing with real problems and need to focus on creating a welcome environment for every student.”
First of all, how many transgender students are there in Arkansas? Second of all, if there is a significant number, it backs up the theory that kids are being indoctrinated in schools and throughout the media.
The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Mary Bentley, reminds everyone that “Each child in our schools has a right to privacy and to feel safe and to feel comfortable in the bathroom they need to go to.”
Holly Dickson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, calls the new law a “flagrant message from them that they refuse to respect [transgender people’s] rights and humanity [in order] to respect Arkansans’ rights and humanity.”
The father of a transgender child addressed a House panel during a hearing on the bill in January and said that his child “feels targeted, she feels discriminated against, she feels bullied, she feels singled out.”
Another group voicing their opinion on the matter, GLSEN, works “to create non-discriminatory classroom environments for LGBTQ students.”
Their executive director said, “These bathroom bans hurt students’ academic achievement — and the educators held accountable for students’ success. Discriminatory policies affect more than just grades: LGBTQ+ students who experience discrimination, like being prohibited from using the restroom, report higher levels of depression and lower self-esteem. Enforcing these bills would be prohibitively expensive and time-consuming for schools and extraordinarily invasive toward transgender students.”
What is the root of the problem? Should we be arguing over who gets to use which bathroom or whether or not males should be allowed to play women’s sports? No!
We should be discussing why so many kids all of a sudden want to change their gender. What is behind this phenomenon?
Arkansas followed Alabama, Oklahoma, and Tennessee in signing similar laws requiring transgender people to use the restroom that aligns with their biological sex.
Another proposed bill that can become law in Arkansas is a misdemeanor charge for sexual indecency with a child if a person uses a public restroom or changing room not aligned with their biological sex in the presence of a minor.
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Author: Linda Spina
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