ACTION: Tell your lawmakers – vote against the anti-trans amendment to HF 1065
On Friday, Representative Eric Lucero introduced an amendment to the House Education omnibus bill that not only bans transgender girls from participating in girls’ sports, but actually imposes a criminal penalty on transgender kids for playing sports.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES. FOR CHILDREN.
The education bill is up for a vote this Monday, April 19th and we need everyone to contact their state representative and tell them to vote against the Lucero amendment. State legislators should be working to encourage youth participation in sports, not passing laws to push students out and reduce the number of young people who participate.
Let’s be clear: transgender inclusion in sports is already the standard in Minnesota schools and has been for years.
Transgender students have been participating in school sports for almost a decade without issue, thanks to a policy put in place by the Minnesota State High School League. In fact, since the MSHSL adopted its formal policy permitting students to play on teams based on their gender identity, girls’ participation rates in athletics have increased.
Transgender students participate in sports for the same reason as their cisgender teammates: for the physical and mental health benefits it brings, the invaluable lessons of teamwork and discipline, and lifelong friendships. Minnesota students – and especially transgender youth – deserve to be safe and supported in school.