'There are cross-dressers in the building,' state official says of teen group


Credit: Drew Angerer

Credit: Drew Angerer

Oklahoma lawmakers are under fire over an email that appeared to target LGBTQ students Monday at the Oklahoma Capitol.

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A group of about 70 students planned to discuss LGBTQ issues with lawmakers during the visit, but the students were surprised and disappointed to find out about a statement made by an official.

During the students’ visit, the page program supervisor sent an email to lawmakers that referred to the students as “cross-dressers” when it announced that pages would be allowed to access a separate women’s restroom.

After they found out about the email, Oklahomans for Equality posted a live video to their Facebook page showing the students and leaders marching up to the speaker of the house’s office to discuss the issue, at which point a staff member said the speaker was unavailable.

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