- The Florida State Board of Education unanimously decided to terminate school staff for using bathrooms not in line with their birth-assigned gender.
- Transgender individuals in state colleges are now barred from using bathrooms matching their chosen gender identities; this also affects students in dorms.
- The board’s action was spurred by a law rights passed earlier this year.
The Florida State Board of Education has unanimously passed a decision that will greatly affect the state’s school employees.
According to the decision, school staff could face termination for utilizing a bathroom that doesn’t correspond with their birth-assigned gender.
The regulation applies to both private and state-run educational institutions.
This decision effectively prohibits transgender individuals in state colleges from using bathrooms that align with their chosen gender identities.
The penalty for such actions is clear: “Disciplinary actions may utilize a progressive discipline process that includes verbal warnings, written reprimands, suspension without pay, and termination,” the board’s proposal detailed.
It went on to stipulate that a repeat offense would mandatorily result in the employee’s dismissal, adding, “Nothing in this rule prohibits an institution from immediately terminating an employee for such a violation.”
Not only does this affect employees, but it also impacts transgender students residing in dormitories, as they too are prevented from using bathrooms that reflect their gender identities.
During the board meeting where the proposal was discussed, the majority of speakers expressed disagreement with the new stringent measures.
Among them was a concerned parent with her transgender teen. Carlos Guillermo Smith, an aspiring Florida state senator and adviser for Equality Florida, was present and commented.
“It is death by a million cuts, where you just created such a toxic and hostile environment for trans people in our state that they no longer are going to want to call Florida home.”
Maxx Fenning, the head of Prism FL, an organization championing LGBTQ+ rights, vocalized his dissent against both the bathroom law and the attached penalties.
“Trans people just want to pee in a stall safely and mind their own business. And now college students can’t even do that in their own housing,” Fenning declared. “Let trans students pee in peace, for the love of God.”
This move by the board was prompted by a law, introduced by the Florida legislature in May, that took aim at LGBTQ rights. The law specifically disallowed transgender individuals from using bathrooms that matched their gender identities as opposed to their birth-assigned genders.
However, some argue that the rule is perfectly logical and commonplace.
“If men can’t waltz into the women’s restroom or locker room whenever they want, then it is a ‘blow for transgender rights’ and a ‘slate of hate,’” commentary writer Zachary Faria penned for The Washington Examiner.
“Liberal media is completely detached from the reality that most people today recognize and in a completely different universe from the world of 10 years ago. They have completely rejected any semblance of neutrality and also of reality and basic science,” he continued.
“They now treat their role as being mouthpieces for transgender activists, and they will perform it no matter how utterly insane it makes them sound.”
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