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.”
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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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