Ohio Bill Would Force State Teachers To ‘Out’ Trans Students To Their Parents

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Republican lawmakers want to require public school teachers to 'out' potential transgender students to their parents.

Because parents ultimately know what is best for their children, public school teachers and staff should be required to ‘out’ transgender children to their families, according to a Republican bill under consideration in Ohio.

Ohio House Bill 658 would require government entities, including schools, courts and hospitals, to “immediately” notify parents if a child displays signs of gender dysphoria or “demonstrates a desire to be treated in a manner opposite of the child's biological sex,” according to the proposal.

The bill also grants parents the right to “withhold consent for gender dysphoria treatment or activities that are designed and intended to form a child’s conception of sex and gender.”

Inspiration for the legislation, introduced be Republican Reps. Tom Brinkman and Paul Zeltwanger, came from a February incident when grandparents were granted custody of their 17-year-old grandchild due to the parents’ aversion to hormone replacement therapy.

“They should have that responsibility,” Brinkman told local reporters last week. “And if somebody doesn't like it, you're emancipated at age 18 and you can go do whatever the heck you want.”

Transgender rights advocates believe the bill is deeply misguided and an attempt to undermine the rights of the community.

“In targeting transgender children, the bill authors create a ridiculous and unenforceable requirements –– requirements that out transgender students and create a significant threat of bullying and reduced access to social support systems,” LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Ohio said in a statement. “This unnecessary and discriminatory bill does nothing to support youth and families. In fact, it puts the livelihoods of some of our most vulnerable youth –– transgender youth –– further at risk with bullying and discrimination by potentially forcing teachers to out them.”

"The state policing of behavior opens a can of worms. Who is the judge of which gender is allowed to do what?" Equality Ohio asked. "If Jane signs up for shop class, will her parents receive a government letter? If Jordan doesn’t want to play football, do his parents get a letter? What if Alex wants to attend a meeting of the student LGBTQ group – –does the school email that to Alex’s parents?"

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