Yesterday afternoon, two state lawmakers began circulating a bill for co-sponsors, prohibiting transgender students from using the restrooms and changing rooms that correspond with their gender identity. The bill also requires school boards to designate facilities exclusively for one physical sex or the other.
Megin McDonell, interim Executive Director of Fair Wisconsin, issued the following statement in response to the proposed legislation:
“This bill is an unnecessary solution in search of a problem. It singles out, isolates and stigmatizes transgender students, who often already face harassment and exclusion at school. It also undermines the advances many school districts across Wisconsin, and the nation, have made allowing students to use facilities and participate in sports and activities consistent with their gender identity. Fair Wisconsin is unequivocally opposed to this bill and our number one priority right now is to defeat it.”
Fair Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights advocacy organization. Fair Wisconsin envisions a fair, safe, and inclusive society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are treated with dignity and respect.