Alabama lawmakers advance transgender restroom bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have advanced legislation that would ban transgender students from using school restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The House Education Policy Committee on Wednesday approved the bill that would require K-12 students statewide to use facilities that match the gender on their original birth certificate.

The bill is now sent to the entire House of Representatives.

Republican Representative Scott Stadthagen said his bill was intended to protect students and prevent sexual predators from entering bathrooms.

But opponents said the proposal blatantly discriminates against young transgender people and puts them at risk, under the guise of safety. Similar policies in other states have resulted in litigation.


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