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Colo. school board member stands by her transphobic remarks

Friday, December 6, 2013

DENVER — A Colorado school board member who said she has no regrets about saying transgender students should use their own locker rooms vowed to keep pushing for schools to ignore court rulings on the transgender issue.

Delta School District 50J school board member Kathy Svenson told The Associated Press on Friday that transgender boys would pose a serious safety risk to girls in girls locker rooms, and allowing transgender girls into a boys locker room would raise privacy issues.

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Katherine Svenson

Svenson, 73, is in the second year of her four-year term but said she won’t run for re-election because she would like to start her own school where she believes laws regarding transgender and homosexual students wouldn’t apply.

Svenson said she doesn’t believe there is such a thing as people who are transgender, the Denver Post reported. Svenson said they are simply confused.

Svenson said she was flooded with criticism from activists about her comment, even though no transgender students have asked to use the girls locker room at the school located about 30 miles southeast of Grand Junction.

In Colorado, transgender people are allowed by law to access public or workplace restrooms designated for the gender that matches their identity. That policy was affirmed in June, when the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled that a 6-year-old transgender girl, who was born male, could use the facilities for girls in her Fountain school.

However, Svenson said she was talking about the use of school locker rooms.

During a public meeting in Delta in October, in response to questions about school policy, Svenson said, “there would have to be castration to pass something like this around here.”

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She told the AP on Friday that she was only trying to make a point in an effort to warn the school board it should come up with a policy before it was forced to face the issue.

Some people in Delt a County have called for the recall of Svenson, although no formal action has been taken.

In turn, Svenson said constitutionalists and tea party activists are demanding the recall of the other four board members if they don’t support her position.

Kurt Clay, assistant superintendent of Delta schools, said the district administration does not agree with Svenson’s views.

“We are nondiscriminatory. We welcome all students into our schools,” he said.

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69 more reader comments:

  1. Nothing like being an ignorant bigoted old f*ck to hamper progress.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:50pm
  2. I stand by getting your ass fired, you transphobic bitch!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:51pm
  3. She needs to go

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:51pm
  4. I hope she finally comes out of the closet.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:52pm
  5. She should be FORMER school board member! Go crawl under a rock you uneducated old hag!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:52pm
  6. Wow…

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:53pm
  7. Let’s be clear. A school board member is encouraging school employees to break the law. Bet I know what she’d say if the employees were going to break some other law.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:53pm
  8. Do you think it ever occurs to these folks (or those who support them) that they’re the only ones thinking about *anyone* leering at little kiddies’ junk? I’m sure there’s treatment (or medication) or ??? for that sort of thing.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:53pm
  9. This is no surprise. She probably thinks she’s a Christian too

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:54pm
  10. Absolutely. Ignorance fueled by religious fervor and a profound lack of compassion. Let's hope she chokes on some Christ flesh.

    Replied on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:13am
  11. I don’t care what you believe, you old bat. You’re still wrong.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:54pm
  12. I think transgenders should have their own bathroom. And problem solved.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:55pm
  13. Would you have a problem if someone told you you couldn't use the same bathroom as everyone else?

    Replied on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:59pm
  14. No. It's about body parts. There's a lot controversy with this issue. Let's put an end to it and have a bathroom for transgenders. They will be safe. Why is this a problem?

    Replied on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:02pm
  15. Why is there a problem otherwise, anyway?

    Replied on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:09pm
  16. It's about providing them a safe place. People are not going to change right away. I think this is the best solution right now. Antagonizing the situation will make it worse... We have to be realistic. Just because we think it's right doesn't mean everyone will embrace it. I rather have them use their own bathroom than to expose them to bullying and harassment. Of course, people need to be educated about this issue. But let's face it, it will take time.

    Replied on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:14pm
  17. Edgar Estrada: How would you suggest ensuring bathroom compliance? Would an inverted pink triangle sewn to their clothing be sufficient?

    Replied on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:19pm
  18. Then come up with a solution that will work right away. People are not going to change right away. Just because something is right, it doesn't mean that people will immediately comply with. It took years for black people to be free. And it took time for them to have the same rights as everyone. And we all knew they were people just like everyone else. Things do not change overnight. Meanwhile, a separate bathroom will be able to be a safe place for transgenders right now. This will lessen putting them in situations where they might be bullied. Please be realistic.

    Replied on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:24pm
  19. She’s old, soon to be retired and dead anyway. She’ll be a distant memory before long.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:55pm
  20. get rid of her phobic ass

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:56pm
  21. She is not only transphobic, she is just plainly a bigot.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:58pm
  22. She shouldn’t work with children.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:59pm
  23. Hey, really ugly people have opinions also….

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:59pm
  24. I don’t want get anywhere near my kids or anyone else’s.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:00pm
  25. Ignorant pitch. She may be entitled to her opinion but she’s fucking out her tree.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:01pm
  26. “no transgender students have asked to use the girls locker room ”
    Last i checked they dont need to ask, law says they can use it and legally you cant stop them if they do. Welcome to the real world and welcome to america, land of the free despite your personal views and bigotry.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:03pm
  27. She needs to be removed from the school system then

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:08pm
  28. I stand by my remark that her mouth should be sewn shut.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:10pm
  29. Backwards Bitch

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:10pm
  30. It it’s elementary school students what’s the issue? 6 year olds aren’t interested in private parts yet if they are then it’s a indication of sexual abuse at home

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:11pm
  31. People like her will be dead soon enough. Just croak already old hag

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:11pm
  32. Mother fucking old backward dinosaur wishy washy Joan rivers Nazi bitch. Adolf Hitler in a dress with a swastika in her underwear. Fire her dumb ass. She hates transgender people like me. Fuck off and die.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:12pm
  33. Hag.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:13pm
  34. Ignorance is so alive and thriving in this country in the year 2014.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:14pm
  35. Sadly, she is unteachable.
    She should not be on the board of education.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:16pm
  36. How on earth did she manage to be appointed to the school board in the first place? This woman has no business in school decisions or school affairs. I am not sure she is competent to make her own decisions, much less those involving others.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:19pm
  37. Well Christopher Cox, they probably already are. Nothing is going to happen to your kids.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:20pm
  38. And maybe we wont have any regrets about booting her off the school board eh, Time for this dinosaur to retire or move into the 21 century.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:22pm
  39. Segregation. Yeah, that’s a FINE way to solve issues. *rolls eyes* How is it going to help TG kids feel accepted? Its almost 2014. Grow the hell up!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:24pm
  40. hag-harpy-douchebag-fool…

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:28pm
  41. But you don’t think the kids will be bullied no matter what? Why should they have to hide? Its not the TG childs problem with who they are, its the chicken shit people around them! People shouldn’t be excluded or have to back down because people like this “woman” are afraid of nothing. The law already states TG kids can use the bathrooms and locker rooms. No one else but a few of these bigots has complained about it. Obviously they aren’t speaking for everyone!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:32pm
  42. So there is already a solution Edgar Estrada.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:32pm
  43. Time to die old lady

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:33pm
  44. Douchebag

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:41pm
  45. She is a bigot.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:48pm
  46. Separate bathrooms just ensure that trans kids are treated poorly, it teaches cisgender children they can’t coexist peacefully. The problem usually isn’t children (unless their parents are bigoted assholes), its adults who have issues.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:50pm
  47. She’s old and infirmed. Her mind is gone and her hate will destroy her black heart.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:58pm
  48. these recall votes are fucking insane just remove her from office.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:59pm
  49. HateFULL!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:08pm
  50. There are two locker rooms, one for girls on for boys. So does she propose a third??? God does not make mistakes you old bag!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:15pm
  51. wonder who will attend her funeral with remorse towards her passing…

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:16pm
  52. Just another fucking bigot, the world is better off without them

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:17pm
  53. Karma!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:24pm
  54. She looks old and frail…hope she doesn’t have a bigoted ignorant trans person have to work on/help her in the hospital

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:36pm
  55. She shouldn’t be a school board member….

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:37pm
  56. as everyone else will soon stand by her grave

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:37pm
  57. SHE needs to be fired. If she has no respect for all children she should not have that job and she can move on.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:42pm
  58. bigot from hell

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:05pm
  59. Hicksville yeehaw!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:31pm
  60. I know right!? It’s just astonishing to me how some are folks are so concerned with what others are doing!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:16am
  61. Such ignorance

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:30am
  62. Didn’t she say that transgendered people should change gender?

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:30am
  63. hes ugly..needs his own planet

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:52am
  64. Now that women have rights, she’s good and doesn’t have to help any other oppressed minority to gain the rights they deserve.

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:00am
  65. What an idiot!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:22am
  66. I think she’s the one who is confused since she’s advocating breaking the law.

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:47am
  67. CLOSET CASE!

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:51am
  68. You’d be a bitche also, if you had that ugly face.

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 2:02am
  69. She should be sued personally in a class action suit by all transgender children in Colorado

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 3:03am