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April 29, 2021

Both the Senate and House have passed the measure 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- The Florida House and Senate passed Senate Bill 1028, which, as of yesterday evening, now contains provisions banning transgender girls from playing sports. In a last minute maneuver, certain House members amended an existing bill about charter schools to include a provision that would prohibit transgender students from playing sports on teams that match their gender identity. It 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: 

“It is despicable and cruel that certain House members devised a last-minute plan to reignite this hateful proposal. Transgender girls have the right to participate in sports just like everyone else. To ban transgender girls from playing on a team with other girls is discrimination.

“The marginalization and humiliation of trans student athletes harms young people and helps no one.  This unconstitutional bill is a solution in search of a problem. Governor DeSantis should immediately veto this hateful bill. 

“These anti-trans bills have no place in Florida and no place in America.Trans student athletes belong on the sports team they identify with. We will never stop fighting for a Florida where trans youth have every opportunity to thrive.”