No child should be punished for being true to who they know themselves to be, and no government or school official should interfere with how children use the bathroom.

Legislation filed in recent years would require transgender students to use restrooms in accordance with their sex assigned at birth (based on chromosomes & anatomy at birth). It would also allow cisgender people who encounter transgender students in restrooms to sue school districts. Other legislation would prohibit private businesses from having gender-neutral bathrooms and force them to install signs stating people must use the restroom in accordance with their sex assigned at birth.

No child should be excluded from their community for who they are. The offensive and hateful proposals are not based on science and exist only to shame and ostracize some Kentucky children. They also violate the free speech of private businesses and organizations.

These proposals are unconstitutional and waste tax dollars.

17 bills attacking transgender people were enacted into law in 2021 nationwide, more than in any other past year. Several are now blocked in court. Laws that violate rights, censor speech, and ban healthcare are subject to legal challenges. If the state loses in court, it will foot the bill. Similar legislation has been blocked in federal court, including the Arkansas ban on healthcare, the Tennessee “bathroom bill,” and the West Virginia athlete exclusion law.

These proposals failed in recent years, though we expect them to return and gain traction in 2022.

Session

2022 General Assembly

Position

Oppose