Arkansas bill enforces biological sex for school toilets
Although a Democrat is currently calling the shots in the White House, resistance to gender madness and other "woke" oddities is growing in the US. In Arkansas, Republican Representative Mary Bentley introduced a bill that would require transgender students in public schools to use bathrooms, locker rooms, or showers that strictly match their biological sex.
Published: February 6, 2023, 8:38 am
“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,” Bentley said. The Arkansas House approved legislation last week preventing transgender people at public schools from using bathrooms that match their “gender identity”, while a legislative panel endorsed a measure restricting drag queen appearances in public spaces.
The bill will now go to the majority-Republican Senate. Similar laws have been voted in Alabama, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Their bill stated that gender meant the physical condition of being male or female “based on genetics and physiology”. Public education should rely on a student’s sex “as recorded on their original birth certificate issued at the time of their birth or shortly after their birth”.
Some 15 percent of school principals who defy the proposed orders, could see pay cuts.
The US state of Arkansas is firmly in Republican hands. Former Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been governor since January 2023.
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