Bills Limit Transgendered School Accommodations

Transgendered students at Kansas public schools and colleges would be required to use restrooms, showers and locker rooms for their sex at birth under two bills introduced in the Legislature.

Separate but identical measures have been introduced in the House by its Federal and State Affairs Committee and in the Senate by the Ways and Means Committee. Both say schools and colleges must limit such facilities to use by a single sex and defines gender by a person’s chromosomes.

Both bills describe the measures as “student physical privacy” protections. House committee chairwoman Jan Pauls said Thursday that such questions raise serious privacy issues for both students and parents.

But Equality Kansas Executive Director Tom Witt said if the bills pass, transgendered students will be isolated and bullied.