It was reportedly quite the scene Thursday at the Capitol as GLBT Youth In Iowa Schools Taskforce (Iowa Safe Schools) had to be removed from the building after a student used the bathroom based on the gender the student identifies with.
The Iowa Standard first heard about this incident on Facebook when a lobbyist who was leaving the Capitol posted:
“As I’m leaving the Statehouse, I found the men’s room door blocked open and a State Patrol Sgt in the doorway. Apparently, an underage (about age 12) ‘trans’ girl refused to leave. It got quite noisy.”
Nate Monson, the executive director of GLBT Youth In Iowa Schools Taskforce, told Iowa Starting Line he thinks the troopers involved all need to be fired and the Capitol needs to have a serious conversation with their staff and legislators to make sure it’s a space where everyone can feel included.
He told Iowa Starting Line that there would likely be serious legal fallout over the incident.
“The state of Iowa may have about 150 lawsuits on their hands,” he said.
Part of the incident of LGBTQ students being kicked out of the Iowa Statehouse by state troopers in this video: pic.twitter.com/9a7uF1acax
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) March 12, 2020