Study: Del. Marshall’s proposed “bathroom bill” would impact 34K transgender adults and thousands of transgender youth
A study from the Williams institute released this week said more than 34 thousand transgender people and even more trans youth across the commonwealth would be negatively impacted by proposed legislation that would legalize discrimination agianst some of the state’s most marginalize people.
Del. Bob Marshall’s bill, HB 1612, called the Personal Privacy act, requires people to use the restroom aligned with their “original birth certificate.” It also requires school principals to “notify within 24 hours the parent or guardian of a child attending such school if the child requests to be recognized or treated as the opposite sex, to use a name or pronoun inconsistent with the child’s sex, or to use a restroom or other facility designated for the opposite sex.”
“Some guys will use anything to make a move on some teenage girls or women,” Marshall told the Washington Post in defense of the legislation. “Mere separation of the sexes should not be considered discrimination.”
But the folks at UCLA’s Williams Institute ran the numbers and their findings show such a move could be devastating to Virginia’s 34K strong transgender population, a group which already faces disproportionate amounts of discrimination and mistreatment.
“By moving toward exclusion and away from inclusion, HB 1612 would contribute to the discriminatory environment that LGBT people face at school, in the workplace, in housing, and in public life – creating health and economic disparities for LGBT people in the state and taking a significant toll on LGBT youth in particular,” read a release for the study.
The study also compared possible economic losses the state could face if they followed in North Carolina’s footsteps in legalizing discrimination against trans folks. According to Politifact, NC has lost between 70 and $200 million in revenue because of HB2:
As a result of HB 1612, Virginia would risk the following economic impacts:
- Loss of Business Investment – The loss of hundreds of millions of dollars of business investment, leading to the loss of thousands of jobs – an impact that other states, such as North Carolina, have experienced when they passed laws that discriminate against LGBT people.
- Reduced Travel and Tourism – The loss of millions of dollars of travel, tourism, and event spending that would support local jobs and state and local tax revenues.
- Costs of Litigation and Enforcement – Significant costs in pursuing and defending litigation and enforcement actions related to HB 1612. HB 1612 may give rise to litigation against the state because it conflicts with federal law. In addition, HB 1612 allows individuals to bring lawsuits against government entities that fail to properly enforce the bathroom requirements against other citizens. The state could be required to pay significant damages to individuals if they are successful in these suits, as well as attorneys’ fees, which could outpace damages.
- Loss of Federal Funding – The loss of over billions of dollars in federal contracts and grants, including $1.9 billion in funding for Virginia schools, colleges, and universities as a result of conflicts between HB 1612 and federal non-discrimination laws.
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