Yes, another state is putting in the effort to pass new laws that would harm transgender kids by promoting discrimination against them in school sports. However, there are still reasons for hope, and this legislator’s speech to her colleagues is one of them.
This time it’s Kentucky, seeking to pass legislation that would ban transgender girls from participating in girls’ sports teams. The bill, according to WTVQ, would specifically target transgender girls from 6th grade to college, blocking them from joining the same community participation their cisgender peers enjoy. However, the state’s ACLU chapter is calling on Governor Andy Beshears (D) to veto the legislation when it reaches his desk.
State Representative Josie Raymond stood up before her colleagues to defend trans kids. In the process, she gets in a jab at her colleagues, while calling them out for their discriminatory tactics, noting that contrary to their claim, she isn’t seeing any evidence that the average person assigned male at birth has a competitive edge over a cisgender female athlete.
The Kentucky House passed Senate Bill 83 yesterday, which would ban transgender girls from competing in sports from sixth grade through college.
— The Recount (@therecount) March 18, 2022
Note: when Rep. Raymond uses the phrases “born female” and “born male” she also uses air quotes to emphasize that she’s using the language of the legislation, which is not the widely accepted terminology for the sex a person is labeled with at birth.
“This is the most anti-girl piece of legislation I’ve ever seen. Not only does it discriminate and stigmatize and shame trans girls, who are girls, but it undermines and devalues girls who were born female. It says that anyone born male could beat anyone born female at any sport any day. That’s wildly inaccurate and offensive. That’s misogyny.”
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