Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner are calling on South Dakota Gov Dennis Daugaard to veto a bill banning transgender schoolchildren from using bathrooms that do not correspond with their ‘biological sex.’
The ‘unprecedented and extreme’ measure has already passed the state Senate and House of Representatives and now only needs to be signed by the governor to be made into law – the first to target transgender children.
House Bill 1008 narrowly defines ‘biological sex’ as ‘the physical condition of being male or female as determined by a person’s chromosomes and anatomy as identified at birth.’ And would effectively force transgender students to use separate bathrooms and locker rooms – and then only if providing them would not ‘impose an undue hardship on a school district.’
Cox called on her Instagram followers to sign a petition urging Daugaard to veto the bill, which she said ‘ostracizes trans students and targets them for even more harassment and bullying.’
‘We should be creating safer, nurturing environments for our children not more hostile ones,’ she added.
Jenner also urged her 3.77 million Twitter followers to sign the petition.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 23, 2016
At the time of writing, the petition had nearly 40,000 signatures.