MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennessee lawmakers handed a controversial invoice that might hold transgender college students from competing at school sports activities based mostly on the gender they determine with.
The invoice is now on the best way to Governor Invoice Lee for his signature.
In keeping with the invoice, with a purpose to take part in a center faculty or highschool athletic exercise or occasion, a pupil’s gender will likely be decided by the coed’s intercourse assigned at start, indicated on the coed’s unique start certificates.
If a start certificates doesn’t seem like legitimate or doesn’t point out the coed’s intercourse at start, the coed should then present different proof to show his or her intercourse.
The coed or the coed’s dad and mom should additionally pay any prices related to offering proof.
The invoice shouldn’t be for college kids in grades Ok-6.
Ought to the invoice change into regulation, Tennessee faculty boards should undertake insurance policies that go hand in hand with the invoice.
The ACLU of Tennessee launched the next assertion concerning the invoice:
“Right this moment’s vote by state legislators embedding discrimination towards transgender youth into state regulation is shameful. Transgender women don’t threaten girls’s sports activities. Even the invoice sponsors have admitted that they have no idea of a single occasion of a Tennessee pupil going through any hurt from a transgender athlete enjoying sports activities. Transgender women are women. Transgender boys are boys. They merely need to take part at school sports activities for a similar purpose as anyone else: to discover a sense of belonging and social engagement with their friends, to be part of a workforce, and to problem themselves. With this discriminatory and unconstitutional invoice, lawmakers have now compromised trans kids’s well being, social and emotional improvement, and security. As an alternative of specializing in fear-based myths, our state ought to give attention to the precise points with gender parity in sports activities with regards to funding, sources, pay fairness, and extra. Selling baseless fears about trans athletes does nothing to handle these very actual issues. We urge Governor Lee to reverse course and veto this invoice or – ought to any transgender pupil be excluded due to this new regulation – we are going to see him in court docket.”