As you remember, "transgender policies" have been popping up in our state in school districts and the MN State High School League. Some DFL Senators even introduced a bill last week that would require taxpayers to pay for "gender reassignment surgery."
Transgender policies in schools are extremely concerning to families because they permit children to choose their own bathroom, locker room, sports team, etc. based on their "gender self-identification" rather than their biological sex.
This means biological boys in girls' bathrooms, and vice versa.
As a result, parents across Minnesota have joined us in asking the MN Legislature to pass the Student Safety & Physical Privacy Act this year (HF 1546/SF 1543). This bill would, in part, require schools to continue to keep intimate facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms separated based on biological sex--basic common sense.
The GOOD NEWS is that the MN House of Representatives passed the student privacy provision of that bill requiring schools to maintain separate bathrooms for boys and girls as part of the larger Education policy omnibus bill.
The BAD NEWS is that last week, the DFL-controlled MN Senate voted against maintaining separate bathrooms for boys and girls in their larger Education policy omnibus bill.
So, now a group of 10 legislators (5 from the House, 5 from the Senate) will meet to form a final Education policy omnibus bill from their two separate bills. These 10 legislators will decide whether or not boys and girls will continue to have privacy in their public school restrooms and locker rooms.
They said WHAT??
Sen. Scott Dibble (Minneapolis)
These bills are inappropriate involvement by government in our daily life. ...
How do we enforce this? We can’t ask schools to police bathrooms.
Transgender boys are boys; transgender girls are girls.
Sen. Paul Gazelka
I appreciate, Sen. Dibble, that you are standing up for folks who are transgender...but as we wrestle with these issues we can’t forget all students in every situation. And we want to make sure that ALL students' privacy and safety is protected.
How is it inappropriate and unenforceable to say girls use the girls' and boys use the boys' [restroom]—we’ve been doing that for a long time. Biological boys who identify as girls should not share with biological girls—that’s just common sense.
Sen. Scott Dibble (Minneapolis)
'Sex means the physical condition of being male or female which is determined by a person’s chromosomes and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy'…that is a false statement on its face.
Sen. Dan Hall
I’m thinking about my grandddaughers. I think all students need to be considered. I appreciate Sen. Dibble’s heart in this... But for my granddaughters at 8 and 9-years-old to be in a locker room and have a boy walk in that believes he’s a girl, I feel for him...
But what about my granddaughters or your children or the children of MN that are going to see him nude and that’s ok?
Sen. John Marty (Roseville)
Transgender folks don’t understand us and we don’t undertand them... 4th graders can learn. This transgender girl is still a girl—they can learn to understand this.
Sen. Michelle Benson
I think we need to think about all the students in this situation. Think about a girl in 4th grade—and a boy she’s been going to school with since Kindergarten, and in 5th grade comes back as a girl. And now someone she’s known her whole life is different and maybe she can’t figure that out because while we are adults and we can have empathy, she is a child and maybe she’s nervous and maybe she would just like to be in a bathroom with girls. And this would let her do that.
Sen. Ron Latz
(St. Louis Park)
I stand with Sen. Dibble and Sen. Marty and those of us who would not take the step of this amendment. I stand with MSHSL who spent months [working on this issue]...
Who's standing with all the children, Sen. Latz?
Sen. Warren Limmer
This amendment would simply recognize that when a student regardless of how they think of themselves, the birth sex would dictate to them the appropriate bathroom locker room, changing room.
I believe that gay and transgender kids should be protected and safe at our schools as any and all of our children should be.
I [also] believe and MN Parents believe that biological girls shouldn’t have to worry about being in a locker room with a biological boy.
Schools should not be a place for social engineering....
Do ALL students have a right to privacy?
Apparently there’s a few here that say they do not deserve privacy.
Who are the decision-makers?
This group of 10 legislators (5 from the House, 5 from the Senate) will decide whether or not to keep in the provision that requires schools to continue separating bathrooms based on biological sex, for the privacy and safety of all students, in their final Education bill:
We need your help!
We need your help letting these 10 legislators know that YOU WANT the provision requiring schools to continue to separate bathrooms and locker rooms based on biological sex to stay in the final Education bill!
These 10 legislators need to know that they should OPPOSE any efforts to remove this provision.
Here's how you can help:
- Select 1 of the 10 legislators above in charge of this decision who lives closest to you. Take 2 minutes to call their office staffer or email them, asking them to make sure the provision requiring schools to maintain bathrooms separated based on biological sex stays in the Education omnibus bill, H.F. 844.
- Then ask as many of your friends and neighbors as you can to do the same!
- If you have a little more time to give, please call (or email) Sen. Wiger's office and Rep. Loon's office asking them the same thing. These 2 legislators are the two Chairpersons of the committee in charge of the Education bill.
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