A member the Kentucky Legislature is taking heat for resubmitting a bill addressing school accommodations for transgender students.
State Representative David Hale (R) has resubmitted what he calls the "Student Privacy Act," a bill that did not get a hearing three years ago. It deals with students who consider themselves to be the opposite gender.
"If an individual considers themselves to be different from their biological birth, and this is for grades 10 through 12, then that individual cannot enter a restroom facility, a shower room, [or] dressing room facility that is designated for a particular male or female sex," Rep. Hale explains.
The measure also requires schools to provide the best available accommodations for kids who claim they are transgender. If a school does allow them to enter the oppose gender facility, then the bill provides parents with the right to file a lawsuit.
Hale is already getting pushback from one segment of his constituency.
"It's certainly a controversial piece of legislation that the LGBTQ community has taken a very harsh stance against me on," he shares. "I have received a lot of very harsh emails and contacts from primarily that community."
So many schools nationwide have rushed to accommodate the tiny minority of transgender children at the expense of especially female students who do not care for the idea of boys accessing what they have trusted to be private facilities.
Supporters of the bill may contact their elected representatives and ask that they vote for it.