Transgender bathroom bill dies in Virginia committee

Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A legislative panel has killed a bill that would have required students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the bill died last Tuesday with an 8-13 vote in a House subcommittee.

It sought to require school boards to adopt policies ensuring that restrooms and locker rooms are “only used by students based on their biological sex.”

Republican Del. Mark Cole it was designed to protect students’ privacy. But opponents said transgender people should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.

A transgender student in Gloucester who was born female sued after his school board barred him from using the boy’s restrooms. A judge ruled against him in September and his case is being considered by a federal appeals court.

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