PROTECT TRANS OHIOANS, STOP HB 183
House Bill 183 would require students in primary and secondary schools as well as institutions of higher education to use restrooms and other facilities that align with their sex assigned at birth. It would also prohibit them from sharing overnight accommodations with individuals of the opposite sex from their sex assigned at birth. This is yet another state-sponsored attack on transgender, gender-nonconforming, and intersex (TGNCI) youth and young adults.
Legislators have no business telling TGNCI people what restrooms or locker rooms to use. Transgender people who are forced to use the restroom or locker room that does not align with their gender identity risk being bullied, harassed, or outright targeted for violence.
HB 183 would create an unsafe environment for TGNCI people across our school districts and college campuses. Because of its apparent lack of any enforcement mechanism, it encourages individuals to profile and single out those whom they believe to be transgender, gender-nonconforming, or simply not masculine/feminine “enough.”
TAKE ACTION: Contact the House Higher Education Committee and tell them to vote NO on HB 183 (committee members’ names and contact info below).
All Ohioans deserve to access the facilities they need, in alignment with their gender identity. House Bill 183 threatens the privacy of these students and exposes them to bullying and harassment from their peers.
Individuals – regardless of their age or gender – should have the right to show up as their full, authentic selves, whether they are taking a restroom break during class or traveling for an extracurricular activity. HB 183 would severely damage the well-being of these students.
I urge you to vote NO on House Bill 183, and ensure that all Ohioans have safe environments in our schools and on our college campuses. Thank you.
House Higher Education Committee (HB 183)
Tom Young, Chair, Rep37@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-6504
Gayle Manning, Vice Chair, Rep52@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-5076
Joseph A. Miller, III, Rep53@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-5141
Munira Abdullahi, Rep9@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-2473
Adam C. Bird, Rep63@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-6034
Bill Dean, Rep71@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-1470
Mary Lightbody, Rep4@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-4847
Derek Merrin, Rep42@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-1731
Gail K. Pavliga, Rep72@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-2004
Justin Pizzulli, Rep90@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-2124
Phillip M Robinson, Jr., Rep19@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-6041
Nick Santucci, Rep64@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-5441
Casey Weinstein, Rep34@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-1177
Josh Williams, Rep41@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-1418
Bernard Willis, Rep74@ohiohouse.gov, (614)466-2038
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