‘Transgender Bathroom Bill’ Receives National Attention

The National Center for Transgender Equality is heading to Pierre

 A Bill that was passed by South Dakota lawmakers less than a week ago continues to gain national attention, so much so that some are calling the state anti-LGBT.

House Bill 1008, the so-called ‘transgender bathroom bill’ dictates which bathroom or locker room a transgender student can use in public schools.

This bill now has a transgender advocate traveling from the nations’ Capitol, to our capitol.

Mara Keisling, the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, flew into Sioux Falls today and will be making the trip to Pierre tomorrow to visit with South Dakota transgender individuals.

A trip that she says is all about support.

“I hope they understand that what happened in the legislature isn’t how everyone is,” says Keisling. “This is the first place where a state has really contemplated seriously doing something so arbitrary and dangerous; dangerous to the kids and dangerous to local school control.” 

So instead of showing verbal support, Keisling will join the Center for Equality and other organizations in-person Tuesday afternoon at the state capitol for an event they’re calling ‘Trans Kids Support Visibility Day’. 

“This is about South Dakotans wanting to speak to their government and say ‘why would you do this to us, what’s the point and do you understand the harm’,” asks Keisling. 

Questions Keisling hopes will be answered, because she says she still finds the passage baffling. 

“There was a bi partisan effort,” says Keisling. “It was not a party line thing, it was not part of the culture wars that we hear about, this was about somebody who got this odd thing in their head, and they passed the bill.”

The Visibility Day at the capitol will take place Tuesday from 12:00 to 2 p.m.

The Center for Equality says this will be a chance for transgender individuals to voice their concerns to their representatives.

The Center for Equality also requested a meeting with the Governor so he can meet face-to-face with someone who is transgender before he makes a decision on the bill.

That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.