South Dakota has become the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring that public school students use the restroom or locker room that corresponds with their birth gender. On Tuesday, the state Senate voted 20-15 in approval of H.B. 1008, just weeks after the House advanced the bill 58-10. “Every restroom, locker room, and shower room located in a public elementary or secondary school that is designated for student use and is accessible by multiple students at the same time shall be designated for and used only by students of the same biological sex,” the bill, authored by Rep. Fred Deutsch, R-Florence, reads.

“In addition, any public school student participating in a school sponsored activity off school premises which includes being in a state of undress in the presence of other students shall use those rooms designated for and used only by students of the same biological sex,” it adds. READ MORE