SD Might take up Transgender bathroom bill in 2016

South Dakota lawmakers could again take up transgender students’ rights in 2016.


State Rep. Fred Deutsch, R-Florence, said Monday he plans to bring a bill that would require school districts to establish bathroom, locker room and shower facilities based on students’ biological sex.


Transgender students who don’t want to use the facilities based on their biological gender would have to submit a request to their school district for accommodation in separate facilities. Those students would be barred from using the facilities of the gender with which they identify if it doesn’t correspond with their biological sex.

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