Transgender People In North Dakota Are Not Allowed To Use The Bathrooms

A new law enacted in North Dakota by Republican Gov. Doug Burgum forbids transgender children and adults from using restrooms, locker rooms, or showers that correspond to the gender they identify with.

More than 450 anti-transgender legislation bills have been introduced in state legislatures this year, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Wednesday saw the announcement from Burgum’s office that the law had been signed the day before. The legislation was approved by veto-proof majorities in both the state House and Senate.

The state board of higher education’s dormitories and housing complexes are impacted, along with juvenile and adult detention centers. There will be designated bathrooms and shower facilities for use only by men or only by women. To use the restroom or shower facility of their choosing, transgender or gender-nonconforming individuals must obtain permission from a staff member.

The governor’s office denied Wednesday’s request for a comment on the bill.

Transgender People In North Dakota

Rep. Eric Murphy was one of three Republicans who went against their party’s position and opposed the measure when it was before the House.

“I don’t aim to be divisive. The Grand Forks lawmaker stated in an interview following the announcement of the new law, “I just don’t think there was a necessity for the legislation.

The University of North Dakota’s Murphy, a professor of biomedical sciences, said he doesn’t believe legislation is necessary to tell administrators how to handle this situation.

Rep. Jeff Hoverson of the GOP backed the legislation. The Minot representative questioned Wednesday, “Why wouldn’t you want a men’s bathroom to be for men and a women’s bathroom to be for women?”

According to experts, gender can vary by community and evolve over time. It is not a binary structure that exclusively includes males and girls.  Refers to biological traits, such as chromosomes, hormones, and reproductive anatomy, which can also change through time, be legally and medically altered, or be subject to variation.

A bill that limits access to health care for transgender people in the state was signed by the governor last week, making it illegal to provide gender-affirming treatment to anybody under the age of 18.

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Even though some Republicans did vote against it, along with all Democrats, it also gained veto-proof support from GOP members.

A ban on transgender athletes was also passed by the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities, and Burgum signed it into law earlier this month. Burgum vetoed a bill in 2021 that would have prohibited transgender athletes at the time, but lawmakers in the House and Senate did not have the necessary number of votes to override it.

Additionally, gender-affirming care for kids is being outlawed by Republican lawmakers across the nation. Eight states have implemented restrictions this year, including the Republican-leaning states of South Dakota and Utah, and at least nine more are expected to do so by the end of the current calendar year.

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