VA GOP Bill Would Require Schools To Verify Children’s Genitals

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A new bill filed this week by Virginia Delegate Mark Cole would require that schools ensure students are using restrooms that correlate to their “correct anatomical sex”.

The bill defines anatomical sex as: the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s anatomy.

Under the legislation, any student who violates the bathroom rules could be fined $50 by law enforcement.

As noted by Crooks and Liars, under the bills definition, the only way for anyone to determine such a thing would be to examine the student’s genitalia as they enter the restroom.

Peacock Panache reports:

Specifically, the legislation targets public schools where in order for the legislation to work, adults would be required to inspect children’s genitals before they use the bathroom.

HB 663 – otherwise known as “Use of restroom facilities; penalty” – defines anatomical sex as “the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s anatomy.”

Relating to schools, the bill would change current law by requiring:

Local school boards shall develop and implement policies that require every school restroom, locker room, or shower room that is designated for use by a specific gender to solely be used by individuals whose anatomical sex matches such gender designation. Such policies may also provide that a student may, upon request, be granted access, to the extent reasonable, to a single stall restroom or shower, a unisex bathroom, or controlled individual use of a restroom, locker room, or shower.

The legislation even goes so far as to offer punitive measures for those caught breaking the law (meaning someone would physically have to verify someone is in the bathroom that does not correspond to the current state of his/her physical genitals):

Any student who willfully and knowingly violates this section shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $50. Civil penalties assessed under this section shall be paid into the Literary Fund. Any law-enforcement officer may issue a summons regarding a violation of this section.

This is what the conservative movement has devolved into: forcing children to allow adults to examine their genitals out of misplaced fear that transgender kids and adults might commit a hypothetical never-before-seen act of violence or sexual aggression (that would still be against the law with or without transgender protections).

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