Colorado school board member stands by transphobic ‘castration’ remarks

Kathy Svenson caused outrage over comments she made about trans students using facilities that match their gender

Colorado school board member stands by transphobic ‘castration’ remarks
07 December 2013

A Colorado school board member who caused outrage when she claimed transgender students should be ‘castrated’ before being allowed to use facilities matching their gender has said she has ‘no regrets’ on her comments.


Kathy Svenson, a board member of Delta School District 50J, was caught making remarks about trans students during a board meeting in October.


When speaking about recent laws passed in Massachusetts and California to protect trans students, Svenson said: ‘I just want to emphasize: not in this district. Not until the plumbing’s changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here.’


Svenson has also stated she doesn’t believe homosexual or transgender people exist, saying they are ‘simply confused’.


She said: ‘I was a tomboy growing up I did a lot of boy things… I’m lucky someone didn’t try to tell me I should be a boy.’


Since the comments came to light, Svenson has faced criticism from LGBTI groups across America.


Jon Monteth, Communications Director from One Colorado, said: ‘One Colorado supports all transgender and gender non-conforming students being honest about who they are… and that’s why we are committed to serving as a resource for educators, school staff and administrators across our state as they work to make our schools safer for all Colorado youth.’


Svenson has also stated whilst she will not be running for re-election in two years time, she wishes to set up her own school where laws protecting LGBTI students would not apply.


Kurt Clay, assistant superintendent of Delta schools, disagrees with Svenson’s views.


He said: ‘We are nondiscriminatory. We welcome all students into our schools’.



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