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Kansas lawmaker does not want to share toilet with a ‘big’ transgender colleague

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A Kansas state lawmaker said she’s not thrilled about having to share the restroom with her “big” transgender Democratic counterpart.

Rep. Cheryl Helmer made her position known in an email on April 23 to University of Kansas graduate student Brenan Riffel, who described herself as transfeminine, saying “personally, I do not appreciate the huge transgender woman who is now on our toilets. in the Capitol, “the Washington Times reported.

Helmer referred to Rep. Stephanie Byers, the state’s first elected transgender legislator.

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Kansas State Rep.  Cheryl Helmer keeps an eye on one of Parliament's electronic tally boards during a vote on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the State House in Topeka, Kan.  Helmer has publicly complained about having to share women's toilets with a transgender colleague.

Kansas State Rep. Cheryl Helmer keeps an eye on one of Parliament’s electronic tally boards during a vote on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the State House in Topeka, Kan. Helmer has publicly complained about having to share women’s toilets with a transgender colleague.
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Fox News has reached out to her and Byers.

In response to the remarks, Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., a Republican in the Kansas City area, said “it is unfortunate that these words were said.”

The email came as the GOP-controlled legislature is making an effort to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto against a ban on transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s K-12 and college sports.

Legislators in the state Senate recently voted 28-10 to override the veto. The House is expected to take a vote on the matter, though it was not clear when.

“We know this has been going on in offices and back rooms and conversations since the day I was elected,” Byers said Tuesday, The Times reported. “The shocking thing is that it turned out that someone actually said that.”

Helmer, 70, said she was in the Statehouse with a mother and her young daughter and Byers several months ago. She said the child was scared of Byers.

She said she accidentally went into the men’s toilet in the house in 2021 and the men got bored. She said she asked them how they would like it if a woman regularly used their toilet, the report said.

She also said parents should not be allowed to change the gender of their children.

“You can not tear a penis off and then expect you know that a little boy is now living his life,” she said. “He will regret the rest of his life.”

Kansas State Rep.  Stephanie Byers speaks to reporters on February 23, 2021 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas.

Kansas State Rep. Stephanie Byers speaks to reporters on February 23, 2021 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas.
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Cities said several lawmakers have moved away from her in the elevator, noting that the Kansas GOP platform declares that “We believe God created two sexes, male and female.”

In an interview with the news media, Riffel said Helmer’s comments were not surprising.

“The rhetoric against the LGBTQ community has been the same for years that we are a threat to society; we are going to hurt people,” Riffel said. “I just want to walk around and just be myself.”

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