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Fort Peck Tribe Takes on Transgender Bathroom Policy

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 25th, 2016 Last Updated on: May 25th, 2016

Not sure why America has been obsessed with bathrooms lately, but here we go again!

According to a story on KTVQ out of Billings, Montana, tribal leaders of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation have adopted a transgender bathroom policy that mirrors the controversial bill in North Carolina.

KTVQ.com | Q2 | Continuous News Coverage | Billings, MT

The policy was approved by nine council members and denied by one. Two members of the council were not present for the vote.

Opponents of the policy call it discriminatory toward transgender people.

Councilman Ed Bauer, who seconded the initial motion, was recorded in the meeting minutes as saying, “What people do in their bedrooms is their business. How public bathrooms are used is (my) business.”

“We have enough problems here with death and drugs, so maybe we’re just a little protective,” said Bauer. “I’m more concerned with being physically correct and protecting our children than being politically correct.”

If the issue is really about protecting the children, then I think we need to talk about child abuse in general and not make it a bathroom issue.

What do you think of the policy?


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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Ralf

No one is to blame if he is born a transgender.
It is hard enough for them to live with it.
They despise is wrong.

cheylynne1

why change things they wore great the way they wore. i do not think it’s safe for children to go into a bath room with perverts waiting

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