U.S. Senate Rejects Amendment Attacking Transgender Youth, Focuses on Providing COVID-19 Relief for Desperate American Families

by HRC Staff

Post submitted by Viet Tran (he/him/they/them), former HRC Press Secretary

Today, the U.S. Senate rejected an anti-trans amendment offered by Senators Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) during the Senate’s “vote-a-rama” debate on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that would deny federal funds in the bill to states and school districts that allow transgender girls to participate in girls’ sports from K-12 and college. This amendment would have undermined NCAA rules and state laws and policies that have been on the books for many years ensuring equal opportunity for transgender and cisgender athletes.

Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign launched #LetKidsPlay to mobilize our allies, including thousands of parents of transgender children, elected officials and organizations, eventually getting the hashtag to number 19 on Twitter’s trending and raising awareness about the anti-equality amendments in this vote-a-rama. Today, we are proud to see that U.S. senators stayed focused on providing critical relief to American families and voted down a discriminatory amendment that would have ultimately deprived federal funding for states across the country. These amendments solely sought to further their manufactured ‘culture war,’ driven by misinformation and fear-mongering.

“We have said it before and we will say it again -- transgender people have been participating in sports consistent with their gender identity for decades. The sad truth is that conservative Republicans are using it now to drum up a new culture war, using vulnerable children as political pawns. We thank the Senators who voted down this poison pill and put American families and small businesses ahead of political positioning.

Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign

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