Kentucky’s Dem Governor Vetoes Youth Trans Surgery Ban

  • Kentucky’s Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday vetoed a sweeping GOP-backed bill that would have prevented transgender youths in the state from accessing gender-affirming health care or using school facilities like restrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.
  • Senate Bill 150 also sought to prohibit classroom instruction through the fifth grade on “human sexuality,” in addition to instruction for students at all grade levels on gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.
  • The Kentucky Department of Education and state Board of Education under the proposed law would have been discouraged from implementing or recommending policies that require a transgender student to be correctly gendered at school. The law would have also prevented local school districts from requiring staff to use a transgender student’s correct pronouns.
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