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Arkansas legislature now aims to ban trans people’s correct names & pronouns in schools

Arkansas Rep. Mary Bentley (R) Photo: Arkansas Legislature April 9 is National “Name Yourself” Day. Yet, a proposed law progressing through the Arkansas legislature would allow educators to misgender and deadname students if they wish, and protect them from reprimands if they choose to do so.

House Bill 1749 passed the Arkansas House of Representatives yesterday and is now in consideration in the state senate’s Education Committee.

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The proposal’s full title is “An Act To Prohibit Requiring Public School And Institution Of Higher Education Employees From Addressing A Student By A Term That Identifies A Student As Male Or Female And That Is Inconsistent With The Student’s Biological Sex.”

An employee of a public school or a state-supported higher education institution “shall not be required to use pronoun, title, or other word to identify a public school student” in a way that the employee believes “is inconsistent with the public school student’s biological sex.”

The bill doesn’t specify how an educator would determine a student’s assumed biological sex, but the bill’s sponsor claimed they could amend the bill to clarify later if they find it […]

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