Why do legislators target young transgender people? – FindLaw


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Anti-sex lawmakers across the US are on the rally.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, some 60 anti-crossing bills It is now being considered in 28 states. The Civil Liberties Union says the primary goals of these laws are to restrict the ability of trans girls to participate in girls’ sports and to provide trans young people with gender-affirming health care.

Many of these bills won’t pass, of course, but three of them have become law as of March 30:

  • On March 11, Mississippi became the first state to ban transgender women from participating in team sports consistent with their gender identity. The Mississippi Justice Act, signed by Governor Tate Reeves, requires schools to assign teams based on gender assigned at birth.
  • On March 25, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill banning transgender women from participating in school sports teams consistent with their gender identity.
  • On March 26, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee followed. That state’s new law requires middle and high school students to prove their gender at birth to participate in sports.

Among the arguments advanced by the proponents of these laws are that they are efforts to achieve justice. On March 4, for example, Reeves tweeted He intends to sign the bill “to protect young girls from being forced to compete with biological males for sporting opportunities”.

How many people will become law is anyone’s guess at this point, but Chase Stangio, deputy director of transgender justice at the ACLU, said CNN, “This has been an important part of my work at ACLU over the past six years and I’ve never seen anything like this. There have never been so many bills targeting transgender youth that were voted outside the committee and then put on the ground.”

Concerted effort

While targeting transgender youth, these laws seem to devote special attention to trans girls, which raises the question: Why?

On March 29, New York Times columnist Jeremy W. Peters wrote an article addressing this question. His conclusion was that conservative advocates of these laws promote them as efforts to provide fairness to the female athletes – but only those who were appointed female at birth.

In 2016, North Carolina experienced a dangerous backlash, including in the counties, after lawmakers in that state passed a notorious “bathroom bill” barring transgender people from entering bathrooms and changing rooms that do not match the gender on their birth certificates. The latest round of anti-government bills may reflect the lessons learned from that experience.

Peters writes that anti-transgender laws are the product of “a coordinated and tested campaign in opinion polls by socially conservative organizations such as the American Principles Project and Women Concerned in America, which they say are determined to move forward on what may be one of them. A final foothold in the fight against expansion.” LGBTQ rights. “

Much ado?

Peters wrote that all this attention seems to indicate that there is a large influx of transgender competitors moving into girls’ sports, but he does not support it with evidence. When this happens, the NCAA has it The rules in place That addresses that, including the requirement that athletes who switch to female be on testosterone suppression therapy for a year before they can compete on a female team.

Country rules vary. Some have rules similar to the NCAA and others do not.

Although the bills that have been turned into law so far focus on sport, many of them focus on access to health care close to approval in several states. On March 29, the Arkansas Senate voted 28 to 7 to approve the Arkansas Savings of Teens from Experiences (SAFE) Act, which would prohibit “procedures” for transgender transmission for transgender people under the age of 18.

Gov. Hutchinson, who has already signed one transgender control bill, is expected to sign into law.

Meanwhile, for transgender students and parents of transgender students, it is important to know What are the laws On gender discrimination. Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments provides that no student is excluded from participation in any educational program that receives federal funding.

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidelines stating that Act IX actually protects against discrimination against transgender students.

The first step after any suspected harassment is to file a complaint with your school. You can also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights or your state’s Department of Education. In some cases, it may be helpful to hire a lawyer who can help you file your complaint.

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