Virginia lawmaker Mark Cole has introduced a new bill that would require schools to check children’s genitals in order to ensure that they are using the “correct” bathroom that is reserved for their “anatomical sex.”
House Bill 663 defines “anatomical sex” as “the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s anatomy.”
This legislation is a direct attack on transgendered students who wish to use the bathrooms that coincide with their gender rather than their anatomy. If students were able to do so, this would help students avoid confrontation, bullying, and even violence.
However, GOP lawmakers are working against that notion, rigid in their convictions that children using bathrooms based on their gender will somehow cause sexual misconduct, allow children to be preyed upon, or other false beliefs.
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“Local school boards shall develop and implement policies that require every school restroom, locker room, or shower room that is designated for use by a specific gender to solely be used by individuals whose anatomical sex matches such gender designation,” the measure states.
If a child or student violates this bill, he or she could be fined up to $50 by law enforcement.
However, the measure does add that schools can use their discretion on whether or not they would allow students “controlled” access to a gender neutral bathroom or single stall bathroom.
In order for this bill to be enforced, “adults would be required to inspect children’s genitals before they use the bathroom” Tim Peacock, a civil rights activist, points out in his blog.
“This is what the conservative movement has devolved into: forcing children to allow adults to examine their genitals out of misplaced fear that transgender kids and adults might commit a hypothetical never-before-seen act of violence or sexual aggression (that would still be against the law with or without transgender protections),” Peacock wrote.
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