Around 100 opponents of a so-called bathroom bill rallied at the Kansas Statehouse Friday. The legislation would require transgender students to use the restroom of their sex at birth.
Stephanie, who only wanted to use her first name, is a Kansas teacher and is transgender. She says transgender students already face challenges in school and this would single them out and make life tougher.
“Now, you’re talking about a legal ramification. You’re talking about a school rule that says ‘no you can’t. No, you have to do this.’ You see those rules apply to you, but they’re not applying to anyone else in the building,” says Stephanie.
Some supporters of the legislation say it ensures more privacy in the restroom. The legislation has been introduced in both the Kansas House and Senate. However, it’s unlikely the proposals will make much headway this year as the session is nearing its endpoint.