TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee passed SB2012, the anti-trans sports ban bill. By imposing bans on girls and young women who are transgender participating in athletics consistent with their gender identity, SB 2012 discriminates against individuals on the basis of sex and because they are transgender, in violation of the United States Constitution and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act.
Kara Gross, legislative director and senior policy counsel, responded to today’s vote with the following:
“This bill, if passed, would entirely eliminate the ability of girls and women who are transgender to participate in athletics. It excludes transgender girls in elementary school, middle school, high school and beyond from playing sports with their peers. Having the opportunity to participate in sports results in positive outcomes for students and ensuring that transgender classmates are welcomed into school sports teaches students acceptance and inclusivity, rather than discrimination and hate.
“SB 2012 sends a message to transgender young people that they do not belong in our communities. Transgender students need to be affirmed and supported, not discriminated against, ostracized, and excluded. This bill is unnecessary, unconstitutional, and harmful to our youth, and Florida legislators should put a stop to it now.”