These are the States Trying to Stop Trans Kids from Playing Sports

by Ella Schneiberg

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You’re 13. You want to play soccer. You sign up for your school’s team, practice hard, and make friends. Then a state lawmaker introduces legislation that would ban you from playing sports because you’re transgender.

There is a coordinated attack on trans kids being waged in state legislatures across the country right now — and one of the most common bills that we’re tracking targets trans athletes.

Every kid deserves to play sports consistent with their gender identity.

The only state to pass this type of legislation so far has been Idaho, which swiftly had the law suspended by a district court. We’ll continue to fight against discriminatory attempts like this in other states.

Right now, we’re tracking at least 22 bills in 17 states. Here are some of the bills we’re following, and what you can do to help:

MONTANA

On January 27, the Montana House passed an anti-trans bill (SB 99) that would ban trans kids from playing sports consistent with their gender identity. Montanan kids deserve better.


The bill was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 17.

To take action if you live in Montana: Text CALL MT to 472472 and we will help you connect directly with your senator to share your opposition to the bill.

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Governor Reeves signed the anti-trans sports bill SB 2536 into law on March 11. This is one of the most extreme versions of this anti-transgender legislation proposed so far this year.

This bill is modeled after a law that Idaho passed last year, a law that was swiftly suspended by a district court.

SOUTH DAKOTA

An anti-trans sports bill (HB 1217) in South Dakota that will require student athletes and their parents to sign a document attesting to their “genetics and reproductive biology” has passed and is now awaiting a signature from Governor Noem.

If you live in South Dakota, call and tell her NOT to sign. Her number is 605-773-3212.

TENNESSEE

An anti-trans sports bill (HB 3/SB 228) will be heard on the Tennessee House floor on March 18. Children in Tennessee deserve to play sports that coincide with their gender identity.

ARIZONA

Legislators in Arizona have introduced an anti-trans sports bill (SB 1482) in the state.

MISSOURI

A trans athlete ban (HRJ 53) in Missouri is expected to be voted out of committee and could be introduced to the Senate the first week of April.

NORTH DAKOTA

We are tracking an increase in negative reactions to the North Dakota anti-trans sports bill (HB 1298). But it’s not defeated yet. It will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 16 at 2:30 PM CT.

CONNECTICUT

An anti-trans sports bill (SB 324) in Connecticut has been referred to committee.

UTAH

An anti-trans sports bill (HB 302) in Utah has been introduced.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NH HB 198 was voted (11-9) to be retained in House Education, meaning the bill will not move out of the committee and will be reconsidered next session. They will likely find a way to amend the language in the future

All Rs voted to retain, All Ds voted against retaining, citing overwhelming opposition and NH's existing policies on trans athletes.

ARKANSAS

In Arkansas, the anti-trans sports bill (SB 354) passed the full Senate and is headed to the House Education Committee.

The Arkansas Senate Judiciary Committee also passed an anti-trans sports bill (SB 450). It's moving forward to the Senate floor.

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KANSAS

On March 11 the anti-trans sports bill (SB 208) moved to committee.

ALABAMA

The Alabama House is set to debate an anti-trans sports bill (HB 391) in the coming days

If you live in Alabama, now is the time to let your lawmakers know that discrimination has no place in our state. Text No391 to 472-472 to call your House member and tell them to stop HB 391.

MAINE

An anti-trans sports bill (LD 926) has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

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