After failing on the initial vote last week, legislation to require most public school students in Kentucky to use the bathroom of their biological sex is now headed to the full Senate. The measure was approved during a surprise vote Monday by the Senate Education Committee.
Louisville Atherton High School Sophomore Christina Kelty testified in favor of the legislation. She feels her school's decision to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their sexual identity is not a good one. "I know of several girls at my school who are uncomfortable with my school's policy and afraid to speak out about it because they know the school's not on their side and they're afraid of judgment from their peers," said Kelty.
Also attending the legislative meeting was transgender student Henry Brousseau, who testified at the first meeting when the bill failed to pass. "It really is a step back in terms of moving our society forward to really include everybody," said Brousseau.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports that since last Friday, the committee's agenda for Monday was listed as "pending." The bill's reconsideration came as a surprise to many. Chris Hartman, chair of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign anticipates passage by the full Republican-led Senate, but believes the measure will not pass the Democratic House.