Statehouses fighting transgender choice in school facilities

Feb 22, 2016 5:36 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education repeatedly has warned public schools that a 1970s sex discrimination law makes it illegal to deny transgender students access to facilities of their choice.

Schools around the country, some fearing federal investigations that could cost them millions in funding, generally have yielded to the guidance. Now, a backlash is brewing.

The South Dakota Legislature last week became the first to pass a bill that would require transgender students to use the school facilities that correspond to their "chromosomes and anatomy" at birth.

The Human Rights Campaign said in a policy brief Monday that lawmakers in at least 22 other states have introduced similar legislation.

The defiance at the statehouse level could test the limits of the Obama administration's advocacy on transgender rights.

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