The commonwealth of Kentucky is now joining eleven other states in a lawsuit against the federal government in opposition to President Obama’s directive that transgender people should be allowed to use the restrooms that match their gender identity.
Governor Bevin tweeted today that the federal government has “no authority to dictate local school districts’ bathroom and locker room policies.”
He says he’s committed to the 10th amendment and fighting federal overreach even though he says Attorney General Beshear is unwilling to protect Kentucky’s control over local issues.
The Attorney General firing back in a statement saying he expected to be consulted on the state’s legal options, and his office never received a call from the governor.
I spoke with a local transgender rights advocate and board member with the Pride Community Services Organization via Skype. Being a transgender woman herself, Tuesday Meadows says it’s a non-issue.
“Plenty of transgender people we’ve been harassed by other people in restrooms. But as far as other ways around the fear mongering that the Bevin administration is doing. It’s just a non-issue that they’ve created out of air to scare people about us.”
Meadows says the Obama administration has made a clear path for schools to follow suit and that sex discrimination is clearly linked to school funding in Title IX. Going forward she wishes more thought about privacy goes into building new facilities and just going more with gender neutral bathrooms like many already do in Europe.