Discriminatory bills based on false claims will harm trangender youth and distract legislators from priorities like pandemic recovery and electric grid reliability
AUSTIN, TX — Today, the Texas Senate passed the Senate Bill 29, legislation aimed at banning transgender youth from participating in sports. Legislators across the country have failed to provide examples of issues in their states to attempt to justify these attacks on transgender youth, laying bare the reality that they are fueled by discrimination and not supported by fact. Collegiate and professional sports organizations have had trans-inclusive policies for years without incident -- in Texas or anywhere else.
There are so far more than 240 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures across the country. Of those, more than 115 directly target transgender people and about half of those (more than 60 bills) would, like SB 29, ban transgender girls and women from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity.This week alone, the Texas Legislature moved a total of five anti-LGBTQ bills including SB 29. Human Rights Campaign Texas State Director Rebecca Marques issued the following statement in response to the passage of SB 29:
The NCAA opposes efforts to limit participation of transgender students
The NCAA Board of Governors released a public letter making it clear that it “firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports.” Moreover, “When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected.” This puts the 30 states with discriminatory, anti-trans legislation under consideration on notice that their actions will have repercussions for their states.
Trans equality is popular: Anti-transgender legislation is a low priority, even among Trump voters
In a 10-swing-state poll, including Texas, conducted by the Human Rights Campaign & Hart Research Group last fall:
States that pass anti-transgender legislation suffer economic, legal, reputational harm
Analyses conducted in the aftermath of previous divisive anti-transgender bills across the country, like the bathroom bills introduced in Texas and North Carolina and an anti-transgender sports ban in Idaho, show that there would be or has been devastating fallout.
These bills are solutions in search of problems that are driven by national anti-LGBTQ groups, not local legislators or Texans’ concerns
These bills come from the same forces that drove previous anti-equality fights by pushing copycat bills across state houses — hateful anti-LGBTQ organizations like the Heritage Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom (designated by Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group), and Eagle Forum among others.
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