A Texas State Senator is fighting against transgender-inclusive policies with a new bill that could force teachers and school facility to tell parents about a student’s gender identity and sexual orientation.
On November 16, State Sen. Konni Burton proposed the “Parent’s Right to Know” bill that would give parents access to all records involving their child, including counseling and psychological records. Under bill SB 242, if an administrator withholds information from a parent or encourages a student to withhold information from their parent, the school employee will face discipline.
Civil rights groups like Equality Texas have spoken out against the legislation, insisting such a law would mean teachers will be forced to out students. Progressive site The New Civil Rights Movement predicts the law “would place LGBT youth in the conservative state at risk for abuse, neglect, or suicide if their parents aren’t accepting. It could even expose them to the dangerous, discredited practice of ‘reparative therapy.’”
Burton’s chief of staff Elliot Griffin told the Houston Chronicle that the connection to reparative therapy was an “unfortunate interpretation” and that the bill does not force a school to share information unless a parent requests it.