TALLAHASSEE, FL — Last night, in an 11th hour attack just two days before the end of session, the Florida Senate adopted an anti-transgender House amendment to SB 1028, an education related bill. As amended, SB 1028 would ban transgender youth from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity. The bill now heads to Governor Ron DeSantis for review.
The legislative fight to pass discriminatory anti-transgender legislation has been fast and furious, led by national groups aiming to stymie LGBTQ progress made on the national level and in many states. There are so far more than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures across the country. Of those, more than 120 directly target transgender people and at least 66 of those would, like SB 1028, ban transgender girls from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity.
Despite the Florida Senate rules committee deferring SB 2012 and HB 1475 last week, Florida state senators passed this legislation despite fierce bipartisan opposition from lawmakers across the country, professional and collegiate sporting organizations including the Miami HEAT and Misfits Gaming Group, world-renowned athletes, faith leaders, legal scholars, medical professionals, and over 90 major corporations.
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