Colorado School Official Backs Anti-Trans Remark
A Colorado school board member who said she has no regrets about saying transgender students should use their own locker rooms vowed to keep pushing for schools to ignore court rulings on the transgender issue.
Delta School District 50J school board member Kathy Svenson told The Associated Press on Friday that transgender boys would pose a serious safety risk to girls in girls locker rooms, and allowing transgender girls into a boys locker room would raise privacy issues.
Svenson, 73, is in the second year of her four-year term but said she won’t run for re-election because she would like to start her own school where she believes laws regarding transgender and homosexual students wouldn’t apply.
Svenson said she doesn’t believe there is such a thing as people who are transgender, the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/pklxoqw) reported. Svenson said they are simply confused.
Svenson said she was flooded with criticism from activists about her comment, even though no transgender students have asked to use the girls locker room at the school located about 30 miles southeast of Grand Junction.
In Colorado, transgender people are allowed by law to access public or workplace restrooms designated for the gender that matches their identity. That policy was affirmed in June, when the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled that a 6-year-old transgender girl, who was born male, could use the facilities for girls in her Fountain school.