Last month, Kathy Svenson, a member of the Delta County School Board in Colorado, made national headlines when she expressed her outright opposition to protecting transgender students in schools. “There would have to be castration,” she explained, before she would allow trans students — girls in particular — to use the facilities with which they identify, because “as long as they can impregnate a woman, they’re not going to go in the girls’ locker room.” In a follow-up interview with the Western Slope Watchdog, she added, “I don’t want anybody with a dick in the girls’ restroom.”
Delta County Schools protect students based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, but that hasn’t stopped Svenson from continuing to speak out against LGBT students. In a new interview with the Denver Post, she admits that she doesn’t believe LGBT identities even exist:
Svenson said she has no regrets about saying boys should be castrated if they want to use a girls’ locker room. She said she doesn’t believe there is such a thing as homosexuality or people who are transgender. They are simply confused, she said.
“I was a tomboy growing up. I did a lot of boy things,” she said. “I’m lucky someone didn’t try to tell me I should be a boy.”
Svenson said she would like to start her own school where laws regarding transgender and homosexual students wouldn’t apply.
Many in the community are calling for Svenson’s recall, while some of her fellow conservatives are calling for all of the other four school board members to be recalled.
Earlier this year, a Colorado judge ruled against a school that tried to deny six-year-old Coy Mathis access to the girls’ restroom, noting that “compartmentalizing a child as a boy or a girl solely based on their visible anatomy is a simplistic approach to a difficult and complex issue.”
Svenson seems to get her information about LGBT people from the Eagle Forum, the social conservative group founded by Phyllis Schlafly. At a school board meeting, she distributed copies of an Eagle Forum “Education Reporter” newspaper that erroneously claimed that California’s law protecting transgender students would mandate that “all public school students be allowed to use whatever bathroom they wish.”