Transgender Students and ‘Bathroom Laws’ in South Dakota and Beyond

The New York Times
By Katie Rogers
Feb. 25, 2016

The South Dakota Legislature approved a bill this month that would require public school students to use bathrooms and other facilities that correspond to their biological sex, defined in the bill as “a person’s chromosomes and anatomy as identified at birth.”

Under the measure, schools would need to find other accommodations for transgender students, whose gender identity does not correspond with the biological sex they were born with. If the legislation is signed by Dennis Daugaard, the state’s Republican governor, South Dakota will become the first state to enact such a law, and transgender students, their parents and their supporters criticize it as discriminatory.

On the other side of the debate, some schools say allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice could violate the privacy of other students.

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