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Kentucky: Bill fines transgender students in restrooms, locker rooms

FRANKFORT, Kentucky -- In a rebuke to a Louisville high school, a Kentucky lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would ban transgender students from using school restrooms that don't correspond to their anatomical sex. Critics called the bill "ludicrous."

The "Kentucky Student Privacy Act," proposed by State Sen. C.B. Embry Jr., R-Morgantown, also would allow students to sue the school for $2,500 when they encounter a person of the opposite biological sex in a bathroom or locker room if staff have allowed it or failed to prohibit it.

"Parents have a reasonable expectation that schools will not allow minor children to be viewed in various states of undress by members of the opposite biological sex," Embry wrote in Senate Bill 76, filed this month in the state's General Assembly.

The bill, backed by the anti-gay Family Foundation of Kentucky, would allow transgender students to ask for special accommodations, such as a unisex bathroom.

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