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Kentucky law would limit bathroom use to those whose born gender match designation.

Kentucky lawmaker proposes transgender bathroom law for schools

Jan. 20, 2015
A Kentucky lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would ban transgender students from using school restrooms that don't correspond to their anatomical sex,

A Kentucky lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would ban transgender students from using school restrooms that don't correspond to their anatomical sex, the Courier Journal reported.

State Sen. C.B. Embry Jr., R-Morgantown proposed the "Kentucky Student Privacy Act," which  would also allow students to sue the school for $2,500 when they encounter a person of the opposite biological sex in a bathroom or locker room if school staff have allowed it or failed to prohibit it.

The proposal comes on the heels of states, including California and Maine, that have passed laws that allow students to use bathrooms designated for the gender to which they identify.

Embry does not agree with those laws. "Parents have a reasonable expectation that schools will not allow minor children to be viewed in various states of undress by members of the opposite biological sex," he wrote in Senate Bill 76, filed this month in the state's General Assembly.

The bill, backed by the Family Foundation of Kentucky, would allow transgender students to ask for special accommodations, such as a unisex bathroom, according to the Courier Journal.

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