20 States Considering Bills To Ban Transgender Kids From Playing Sports


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A mother protesting the transgender ban.

Tomas Sanchez Jurado, Reporter

This year more than 20 states are introducing bills to ban transgender girls from girls’ sports from public high schools, some bills have passed in Mississippi and Idaho. South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Connecticut and Utah are some of the states considering the ban.

The act called “Save girls sports” is deeming public or private schools and universities whose students or teams compete against a public school to operate, sponsor, or facilitate athletic programs or activities that permit a person whose assigned gender at birth is male, including fully transitioned trans women, to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for “females” as unlawful.

The bills are requiring schools and universities to have transgender athletes compete according to the sex they were assigned at birth rather than their gender identity.

Governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves signed a bill on March 11 to ban transgender women and girls from competing in women’s sports, “I proudly signed the Mississippi Fairness Act to ensure young girls are not forced to compete against biological males,” Governor Reeves said on Twitter. The bill is going to take effect on July 1st unless it is challenge by court.

“Governor Reeves signing this bill is incredibly disappointing and dangerous; the collateral consequences on transgender youth are significant,” Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in an interview. “This is not an abstract principle. When you tell a transgender child or teenager that their identity is in their heads that it’s imaginative, it’s not real it has significant collateral consequences.”

Former President Donald Trump embraced female athletes in February, declaring at the Conservative Political Action Conference that it was “so important” to “protect women’s sports.” His speech created talk in the Republican community, many were outraged on how transgender students have a right to play sports so they decided to change that.

The bills were received with support, a recent Politico poll found that 46% of women support a ban on transgender athletes as do 43% of young adults born since 1997. This is very disappointing and scary for the LGBTQ community, almost half of women support the stripping of rights for transgender athletes. “Queer athletes and trans athletes already have to deal with so much,” Aliya Schenck, an athlete and track star at Washington state said in an interview Wednesday. “And then to be put in a situation where they’re trying to enjoy maybe the one thing that they can really just express themselves through — their sport — and just go to practice and forget about everything else they’re dealing with, and suddenly that is also taken away from them.”