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Madrid officials impound bus with anti-transgender message

Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm EDT

MADRID – Madrid authorities said Wednesday they have impounded an orange-and-white bus used by a group campaigning against teaching schoolchildren about transgender people.

Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena said police stopped the bus from returning to the Spanish capital’s streets to prevent a hate crime.

The eye-catching bus has several anti-transgender phrases written on its sides. One says, “If you’re born a man, you’re a man. If you’re a woman, you will always be a woman.” The vehicle created an outcry after it first appeared in public Monday.

The bus belongs to the Hazte Oir (Make Yourself Heard) organization, which previously has opposed abortion rights. The group opposes a campaign in Spanish schools last month by an association of families with transgender children that aimed to raise awareness of the issue.

The Hazte Oir organization said in a statement that it disapproved of teaching “sexual diversity,” which it criticized as introducing the “dogma of the homosexual lobby in schools.”

Gender identity is unrelated to sexual orientation, according to most experts.

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This story has been corrected to show that the group is against education policy, not the law.

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