Minnesota GOP submits bill to strip newly adopted trans-inclusive policies from all schools

Mn senator David Brown

Senator Dave Brown [R] Primary sponsor SF 1543

The Minnesota G.O.P. has introduced a comprehensive bill that will eliminate all gender inclusive policies adopted by all Minnesota School districts and repeal the Transgender Athlete policy recently passed. Senate bill SF 1543 was introduced on Friday by Republicans David M. Brown, Mary Kiffmeyer, Carrie Ruud, Dave Thompson and Torrey Westrom.

The Student Physical Privacy Act is a response from anti-GBT groups Child Protection League Action PAC [CPLAction PAC] and the Minnesota Family Council [MNFC] would be the first time that a bill would define sex based on “physical condition of being male or female, which is genetically determined by a person’s chromosomes and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy”

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The bill was pushed forward to “protect and provide for the privacy and safety of all students enrolled in public schools and to maintain order and dignity in restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, showers, and other facilities where students may be in various states of undress in the presence of other students.”

The bill proposes coding into law the following:

  • “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.
  • A public school student restroom, locker room, changing room, and shower room accessible by multiple students
    at the same time shall be designated for the exclusive use by students of the male sex only or by students of the female sex only.
  • In any other public school facility or setting where a student may be in a state of undress in the presence of other students, school personnel shall provide separate, private, and safe areas designated for use by students based on their sex.

The St Paul Public School Board will pass a comprehensive Gender Inclusion Policy on March 17th and in an email blast to it’s supporters, the CPLAction PAC highlighted the MSHSL Transgender Athletic Policy and Minneapolis’ Gender Identity Policy passed┬áin 2014 by stating, “St. Paul Schools will vote to adopt almost an identical “gender inclusive” policy by redefining the meaning of “gender” to nothing more than a “social construct [constructing your own reality] …attached to femininity or masculinity.” In other words, DNA and science is wrong and there is no longer such a thing as two sexes: male and female. There is only the condition of being masculine or feminine according to how you feel.”

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The bill is an unprecedented move on the part of the Minnesota Republicans as it would violate the 1993 Minnesota Human Rights Act, Title IX, and would undoubtedly be found unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court. It would be the first time that a person would be legally defined by their anatomical body parts as assigned by a doctor at birth and negate the science behind being transgender.

Once again, it appears that the party of small government has decided to reach into our personal lives to legislate biology and genetics through interpretive law as opposed to the actual science behind sex and gender. This bill is nothing more than an appeasement to the anti-LGBT groups putting pressure on state legislators and is expected to fail. This would hand the CPLAction PAC their fourth defeat in two years in their attempts to segregate the LGBT community from the what they believe is “normal society.”

My name is Claire-Renee Kohner and in January of 2014, I came out as transgender. My family fully supports my transition and, along with the Minneapolis trans community, my transition has been extremely positive. My journey should be fun, so keep your arms and legs inside the cart, it's going to be a wild ride.

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