North Dakota's Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill into law that allows public school teachers and state government employees to ignore the pronouns of transgender students. This bill was passed with veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the Legislature, making it difficult for any opposition to challenge it.
Opponents of the bill argue that it is an attack on transgender rights and an attempt to erase them from society. They point out that by ignoring the pronouns of transgender students, it sends a message that their identity is not valid or important. Furthermore, they argue that this could lead to increased bullying and discrimination against transgender students in schools, as well as create an unsafe environment where they feel unwelcome or threatened.
Supporters of the bill claim that it is necessary in order to protect religious freedom and traditional values in North Dakota. They argue that using gender-affirming language goes against their beliefs and should not be forced upon them by the government or schools.
Regardless of one’s opinion on the matter, this new law has significant implications for how public school teachers interact with their transgender students going forward. It remains to be seen what effect this will have on the lives of these individuals and how they are treated in North Dakota’s educational system.