Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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School board member says Transgender kids must be castrated before using opposite gender bathrooms
DELTA -- A school board member told an audience and her colleagues at an October board meeting that boys and girls in Delta County, Colorado schools should use the bathrooms associated with their birth genders.
Board member Katherine Svensons' comments sparked controversy after stating that any transgender students would need to be castrated before using bathrooms meant for the opposite sex. 
“Massachusetts and California have passed laws relating to calling a student, irrespective of his biological gender, letting him perform as the gender he thinks he is, or she is, and I want to emphasize, and they’re actually talking about joining girls sports teams going in the girls locker rooms and bathrooms, and I just want to emphasize not in this district,” she said. 
“Not until the plumbing’s changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here,” she added.
Svenson was referencing the recent law in California which allows students in kindergarten through 12th grade to use whichever bathrooms and to play on whichever sports teams align with their gender identities.
A local television station, KREX-TV interviewed Svenson about her comments and rather than backing down, she defended her comments saying that she was alerting her fellow board members that these issues could soon be heading to this rural community in the mountains southeast of Grand Junction, Colorado.
“I don’t have a problem if some boys think they are girls. I’m just saying as long as they can impregnate a woman, they’re not going to go in girls locker room,” she said.
Svenson did however acknowledge that she is aware that her comments have angered some in the community.
But, Assistant Superintendent of Delta County Schools, Kurt Clay, told KREX the district is intent on meeting individual kids’ needs.
“We truly believe in Delta County School District, that every student has different needs, and that we are here to address those individual needs,” Clay said.
Svenson did not respond to requests for comment from LGBTQ Nation.