Virginia panel OKs bill mandating school restroom use based on biological sex

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

The Daily Press reports that the bill would mandate that school systems and state agencies adopt policies designed to keep transgender students from using the restroom of the gender with which they identify.

The House General Laws subcommittee endorsed the bill Thursday.

Opponents said transgender people should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice. Supporters called it a common sense measure that would address parents’ concerns.

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

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