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Potential Ohio Law May Force Teachers to Out Transgender Students to Parents

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A law being considered in Ohio could out transgender students to their parents without their permission.

Ohio House Bill 658 would require hospitals, schools and other government entities to reveal to parents if their child has gender dysphoria, according to ABC News.

The law would also allow a child’s guardian to withhold consent for activities that go towards changing a child’s gender.

“In targeting transgender children, the bill authors create a ridiculous and unenforceable requirements –– requirements that out transgender students and create a significant threat of bullying and reduced access to social support systems,” advocacy group Equality Ohio said in a statement. “This unnecessary and discriminatory bill does nothing to support youth and families. In fact, it puts the livelihoods of some of our most vulnerable youth –– transgender youth –– further at risk with bullying and discrimination by potentially forcing teachers to out them.”

Opponents of the bill said that it would turn teachers into “gender cops,” and would endanger the lives of transgender children.


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