Ohio lawmakers propose a bill that would force teachers to ‘out’ transgender students to their parents
“If a government agent or entity has knowledge that a child under its care or supervision has exhibited symptoms of gender dysphoria or otherwise demonstrates a desire to be treated in a manner opposite of the child’s biological sex, the government agent or entity … shall immediately notify, in writing, each of the child’s parents and the child’s guardian or custodian. The notice shall describe the total circumstances with reasonable specificity,” the legislation says.
After being notified, parents have the right to choose whether their child gets access to treatment — including educational materials, counseling or medical services — and they must give consent for their child to be able to receive it, according to the bill.
Without this permission, teachers would not be allowed to share with the student any resources on sex and gender or counseling, or they could be charged with a fourth-degree felony.
The measure also protects parents or guardians who decide not to allow treatment by forbidding that the decision be used against them in custody cases or abuse and neglect complaints.
The bill has had a committee hearing but hasn’t reached the House floor for a vote.
Transgender custody case prompted bill
The teen’s parents wanted their child, who identifies as male, to stop getting treatment and therapy. His grandparents supported him and said he should be allowed to get hormone therapy.
But Brinkman disagreed.
CNN has reached out to Brinkman and Zeltwanger but has not received a response.
What critics are saying
The Ohio Education Association, a teacher’s union that represents more than 125,000 state educators, opposes the bill.
“OEA opposes Ohio House Bill 658. It is contrary to OEA’s belief that all persons, regardless of gender orientation, should be afforded equal opportunity and guaranteed a safe and inclusive environment within the public education system,” Becky Higgins, the group’s president, said in a statement.
LGBT rights group Equality Ohio said the bill is anti-transgender youth.
Some kids face hardship at home by coming out.
Other bills the state is considering
Right now, it’s illegal in Ohio to send, receive or view explicit photos of a minor. If the bill is passed, a first offense would be a misdemeanor.
Both bills will head to the Senate for a vote.
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