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Bans on Participation in Sports for Transgender Youth

TAKE ACTIONBans on Participation in Sports for Transgender Youth

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Sports and athletics are an important part of childhood, offering opportunities to build a sense of belonging and learn important life skills like teamwork, leadership, confidence, and self-discipline. No child should be denied the opportunity to participate in sports simply because of their gender identity. The overwhelming majority of transgender youth, like most kids, don’t play at elite levels; they just want to participate with their peers.

About the Bills

HB 1205 and SB 375 would ban transgender girls from playing school sports or using female locker rooms. SB 375 was amended to extend the ban to include collegiate athletics, making the determination based on biological sex at birth, discriminate against trans people by prohibiting them from using the locker room aligned with their gender identity, and allow legal recourse for those harmed by people who violate the law.

It is unclear how these bills would be enforced, which could lead to intrusive and damaging inquisitions on any student-athlete.

Take Action

Sign in to OPPOSE SB 375 (by midnight on 4/22)

  1. Go to the House Sign In Form on the GenCourt website.
  2. Fill in your personal information.
  3. Select the date: April 22
  4. Select the committee: House Education
  5. Choose the bill number: SB 375
  6. Select "I am: A member of the public" unless one of the other labels is appropriate to you. 
  7. Fill in "I'm Representing: Myself" unless you are approved to represent another entity (i.e. your workplace or an organization).
  8. Select "I OPPOSE this bill." 
  9. Upload or write your written testimony (this step is optional).
  10. Click "Submit."

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Bill Statuses

Status of HB 1205: In a House vote on March 21, HB 1205 was passed by a vote of 189-182. Next, the bill will cross over to the Senate.

Status of SB 375:  On April 5, the Senate passed SB 375 with amendment in a 14-10 vote. The amendment extends the ban to include collegiate athletics, makes the determination based on biological sex at birth, discriminates against trans people by prohibiting them from using the locker room aligned with their gender identity, and allows legal recourse for those harmed by people who violate the law.

SB 375 has crossed over to the House of Representatives, and the House Education Committee is holding a public hearing on the bill on Monday, April 22 at 10:45 am at the Legislative Office Building in Room 205.

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