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In 2019 & 2020, we saw a record number of anti-trans bills introduced across the United States. Many of these bills targeted high school athletes. One - HB500 in Idaho - made it into law.

 

In early 2021, several bills have already been proposed to prevent transgender athletes from participating with their peers. Each time a bill is heard and voted on, lawmakers take into account the outreach from constituents and others who write in to express support or opposition for a bill. Writing and calling lawmakers does make a difference.

Below is an explanation of the bills that are trying to prevent transgender athletes from participating. For each state, we've provided a list of emails or links to contact lawmakers, as well as a script to use to make it easy. You can copy and paste or add your own thoughts. 

Current Winter 2021 bills ​

SPORTS BILLS

Alabama - HB391 - SPORTS BILL

Alabama HB 391 states, "a public K-12 school may not participate in, sponsor, or provide coaching staff for interscholastic athletic events that are either scheduled by or conducted under the authority of any athletic association that permits or allows participation in athletic events conducted exclusively for males by any individual who is not a biological male as indicated on a birth certificate or participation in athletic events conducted exclusively for females by any individual who is not a biological female as indicated on a birth certificate."

TAKE ACTION:

  • Write to Alabama House Committee for Education Policy HERE and tell them to oppose HB391

Arizona - SB1637 - SPORTS BILL

Arizona SB 1637 would require interscholastic or intramural athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by an educational institution to be expressly designated based on the biological sex of the participating students as

a. Males, men, or boys.

b. Females, women, or girls.

c. Coed or mixed.

If the biological sex of a student is disputed, the student may establish the student's sex by presenting a signed statement by a licensed physician that indicates the student's sex based solely upon ALL of the following factors:

1. The student’s internal and external reproductive anatomy.

2. The student’s normal, endogenously produced levels of testosterone.

3. An analysis of the student’s genetic makeup.

TAKE ACTION:

  • ARIZONA RESIDENTS: find your Senator HERE and contact them to oppose SB1637.

  • EMAIL Bill Sponsor Senator Wendy Rogers at HERE and tell her to pull this bill.

  • CALL Bill Sponsor Senator Wendy Rogers at (602) 926-3042 and tell her to pull this bill.

  • TWEET Bill Sponsor Senator Wendy Rogers HERE and tell her to pull this bill.

Arkansas - SJR 16 - SPORTS BILL & UPDATE TO STATE CONSTITUTION

Arkansas Senate Joint Resolution 16 would update the state constitution to require interscholastic or intramural athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by an educational institution to be expressly designated based on the biological sex of the participating students as

a. Males, men, or boys.

b. Females, women, or girls.

c. Coed or mixed.

If the biological sex of a student is disputed, the student may establish the student's sex by presenting a signed statement by a licensed physician that indicates the student's sex based solely upon ALL of the following factors:

1. The student’s internal and external reproductive anatomy.

2. The student’s normal, endogenously produced levels of testosterone.

3. An analysis of the student’s genetic makeup.

Connecticut - SB324 - SPORTS BILL

Connecticut SB 324 would provide civil immunity for interscholastic athletic organizations and the sanctioning bodies of private youth organizations when such entities adopt policies that require an athletic participant to compete on a team that matches the gender identity on his or her birth certificate.

TAKE ACTION:

  • EMAIL the members of the Connecticut Joint Committee on Judiciary HERE and tell them to oppose SB324

Connecticut - HB05795 - SPORTS BILL

Connecticut HB 05795, An Act Prohibiting Biological Males From Competing On Public Female-only Athletic Teams In Intercollegiate, Interscholastic And Intramural Athletic Events.

TAKE ACTION:

  • EMAIL the members of the Connecticut Joint Committee on Education HERE and tell them to oppose HB05795

Florida - HB935 - SPORTS BILL & MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH

HB 935 would block trans youth from participating in K-12 athletics and intramural sports AND make it a 1st-degree misdemeanor for healthcare providers to provide life-saving gender-affirming care to transgender youth under the age of 18.

TAKE ACTION:

  • WRITE to House Rep. Anthony Sabatini telling him to pull this bill HERE

  • CALL House Rep. Anthony Sabatini: 352-989-9100 (Local Office), 850-717-5032 (Capitol Office)

  • TWEET @anthonysabatini

  • Tag House Rep. Anthony Sabatini @anthony_sabatini on Instagram

Georgia - HB276 - SPORTS BILL

Georgia HB 276 would ban transgender girls from participating in girls' sports, using "gender" as "biological sex." It also states "no institution of the University System of Georgia shall operate, sponsor, or facilitate  intercollegiate or intramural athletics that permit a person whose gender is male to participate in any intercollegiate or intramural athletics that are designated for females."

https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59286

TAKE ACTION:

  • WRITE to the bill sponsors and ask them to pull this bill HERE

  • WRITE to the House Education Committee HERE and ask them to oppose HB276
     

Georgia - HB372 - SPORTS BILL

Georgia HB 372 would redefine "gender" for the purposes of sport as "a person's biological sex at birth and shall be recognized based on a person's reproductive organs at birth."

TAKE ACTION:

  • WRITE to the bill sponsors and ask them to pull this bill HERE

  • WRITE to the House Education Committee HERE and ask them to oppose HB372

Hawaii - HB1304 - SPORTS BILL

Hawaii HB 1304 would ban transgender girls from participating in girls' sports.

Iowa - HF184 - SPORTS BILL

Iowa HF 184 states: Interscholastic or intramural athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by an educational institution shall be expressly designated based on the biological sex of the participating students as

a. Males, men, or boys.

b. Females, women, or girls.

c. Coed or mixed.

If the biological sex of a student is disputed, the student may establish the student's sex by presenting a signed statement by a licensed physician that indicates the student's sex based solely upon ALL of the following factors:

1. The student’s internal and external reproductive anatomy.

2. The student’s normal, endogenously produced levels of testosterone.

3. An analysis of the student’s genetic makeup.

TAKE ACTION:

  • IOWA RESIDENTS: Find your legislator HERE and contact them asking them to OPPOSE HF 184

  • IOWA RESIDENTS: Email the House Education Committee members HERE asking them to OPPOSE HF 184

Kansas - SB208 - SPORTS BILL

Kansas SB 208 states: Interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural or club athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by a public elementary or secondary school, a postsecondary educational institution, as such term is defined in K.S.A. 74-3201b, and amendments thereto, or any school or other postsecondary educational institution whose students or teams compete against a public school or postsecondary educational institution shall be expressly designated as one of the following based on biological sex:

(1) Males, men or boys;

(2) females, women or girls; or

(3) coed or mixed.

Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex. A dispute regarding a student's sex shall be resolved by the school or postsecondary educational institution where such student attends by requesting that the student provide such student's health examination and consent form or other statement signed by such student's personal healthcare provider that shall verify the student's biological sex. A student's pre-participation physical evaluation form may be submitted, provided such form verifies the student's biological sex. The healthcare provider may verify the student's biological sex as part of a routine sports physical examination relying only on one or more of the following:

(A) The student's reproductive anatomy;

(B) genetic makeup; or

(C) normal endogenously produced testosterone levels.

TAKE ACTION:

  • KANSAS RESIDENTS: Email the House Education Committee Members HERE and ask them to OPPOSE SB208

Kentucky - SB106 - SPORTS BILL

Kentucky SB 106 would require high schools and public colleges to require athletes to participate based on "biological sex." 

TAKE ACTION:

  • EMAIL the Senate Education Committee Members HERE and ask them to OPPOSE SB106

Kentucky - HB471 - SPORTS BILL

Kentucky HB 471 would require high schools and public colleges to require athletes to participate based on "biological sex." There are no action items on this bill at this time. 

TAKE ACTION:

  • EMAIL the House Committee on Committees Members HERE and ask them to OPPOSE HB471

Minnesota - S96 (Senate) - SPORTS BILL

Minnesota S96 says any public elementary or secondary school, or a school that is a member of the Minnesota State High School League, that permits a person whose sex is male to participate in interscholastic or intramural athletics that are designed for women or girls, isin violation of this section.

TAKE ACTION:

  • MINNESOTA RESIDENTS: Send a message to oppose S96 to the Senate Education Committee HERE
     

Minnesota - HF350 (House) - SPORTS BILL

Minnesota HF350 says any public elementary or secondary school, or a school that is a member of the Minnesota State High School League, that permits a person whose sex is male to participate in interscholastic or intramural athletics that are designed for women or girls, is in violation of this section.

TAKE ACTION:

  • MINNESOTA RESIDENTS: Send a message to oppose HF350 to the House Education Policy Committee HERE.

Minnesota - HF1657 - SPORTS BILL

Minnesota HF 1657 would CRIMINALIZE children who are trans who play sports with their peers - we’re talking jail & fines for kids using locker rooms & playing sports.

TAKE ACTION:

  • EMAIL your legislator telling them to OPPOSE HF 1657.  (See slide for script & tips on calling)

  • SEND a message via Gender Justice HERE

  • CALL bill sponsor Rep Eric Lucero & tell him no kid should be criminalized for who they are: 651-296-1534 (feel free to tell him how you really feel)

  • EMAIL bill sponsor Rep Eric Lucero & tell him to pull this bill: rep.eric.lucero@house.mn

  • SHARE these slides on social media to raise awareness
     

Mississippi - S2536 - SPORTS BILL

Mississippi S2536 says: Interscholastic or intramural athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by a public primary or secondary school or any school that is a member of the Mississippi High School Activities Association or public institution of higher education or any higher education institution that is a member of the NCAA, NAIA or NJCCA shall be expressly designated as one of the following based on biological sex:

          (a)  "Males," "men" or "boys;"

          (b)  "Females," "women" or "girls;" or

          (c)  "Coed" or "mixed."

     (2)  Athletic teams or sports designated for "females," "women" or "girls" shall not be open to students of the male sex.

     (3)  If disputed, a student may establish his or her sex by presenting a signed physician's statement which shall indicate the student's sex based solely upon:

          (a)  The student's internal and external reproductive anatomy;

          (b)  The student's normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone; and

          (c)  An analysis of the student's genetic makeup.

TAKE ACTION:

  • MISSISSIPPI RESIDENTS: Find your Representative HERE and send a message to oppose this bill 

Missouri - HB1077 - SPORTS BILL

Missouri HB 1077 states "that it is the public policy of this state that students who attend a publicly funded secondary school and participate in organized sports participate in organized sports for persons of the same biological sex as that listed on the student's birth certificate."

TAKE ACTION:

  • EMAIL a message to the House Emerging Issues Committee HERE.

Missouri - HJR56 - SPORTS BILL

Missouri HJR 56 states "Upon voter approval this proposed Constitutional amendment requires that students who participate in sex-separated athletic contests only be allowed to participate in those for the biological sex found on the student's birth certificate."

TAKE ACTION:

  • EMAIL a message to the House Emerging Issues Committee HERE.

Missouri - SB503 - SPORTS BILL

Missouri SB 503 states "middle school, high school, and postsecondary sports teams which compete against public middle schools, high schools, or institutions of postsecondary education shall be expressly designated as male, female, or coeducational using terms provided in the act.No athletic team or sport designated for females, women, or girls shall be open to students of the male sex, as assigned at birth.

 

 

No governmental entity, licensing or accrediting organization, or athletic association or organization shall take any adverse action, as described in the act, against a school for maintaining separate interscholastic or intramural athletic teams or sports for students of the female sex.

 

This act establishes a private cause of action for students deprived of an athletic opportunity or who suffers direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this act, students subject to retaliation or other adverse action by a school or athletic association or organization as a result of certain reports of violations of this act, and schools and institutions that suffer a direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this act. Such civil action may be brought within two years after the harm has occurred. Prevailing plaintiffs shall be awarded monetary damages, reasonable attorneys' fees and costs, and any other relief considered appropriate by the court."

TAKE ACTION:

  • EMAIL bill sponsor Sen. Mike Moon and tell him to pull this bill HERE

  • CALL bill sponsor Sen. Mike Moon and tell him to pull this bill 573-751-1480

Montana - HB112 - SPORTS BILL

HB112 would ban trans youth from sport consistent with their gender identity in Montana Public Schools. 

TAKE ACTION:

  • MONTANA RESIDENTS: Call the Governor at 406-444-3111 & tell him you oppose HB112.

  • Send a message to oppose this bill HERE (write your own).

  • Share these slides on Instagram to spread the message.​

New Hampshire - HB198 - SPORTS BILL

New Hampshire HB 198 revises the law against discrimination in public schools to state, "High school and postsecondary athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls based upon biological birth shall not be open to students of biological male birth gender." 

TAKE ACTION:

North Dakota - HB1298 - SPORTS BILL

North Dakota HB 1298 would ban all trans youth from sport consistent with their gender identity and prohibit transgender athletes from other states from competing in North Dakota as well. 

If a participant's sex is disputed, the participant shall establish the participant's sex by presenting a signed physician's statement indicating the participant's sex based upon only the following:

(1) The participant's internal and external reproductive anatomy;

(2) The participant's normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone;

(3) An analysis of the participant's genetic makeup.

TAKE ACTION:

  • EMAIL members of the Senate Judiciary Committee HERE and ask them to oppose HB1298

Oklahoma - SB331 - SPORTS BILL

Oklahoma SB 331 would ban trans youth from sport consistent with their gender identity. 

TAKE ACTION:

  • EMAIL members of the Senate Committee on Education HERE and ask them to oppose SB331.

South Carolina - H3477 - SPORTS BILL

South Carolina H 3477 would require public and private middle school and high school teams and sports be designated based on "biological sex."

TAKE ACTION:

  • SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS: ​Send an email HERE to the Judiciary Committee telling them to OPPOSE H3477.

  • SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS: Find your specific legislator HERE and send an email telling them to OPPOSE H3477 if it makes it to them.

  • EVERYONE: Send an email HERE to the Judiciary Committee telling them to oppose H3477, and that it makes South Carolina less attractive for tourism and business.

South Dakota - HB1217 - SPORTS BILL

South Dakota HB 1217 would require public and private middle school and high school teams and sports be designated based on "biological sex."

Tennessee - HB3 - SPORTS BILL

Tennessee HB 3 would bar all trans youth from sport consistent with their gender identity and require the use of a student's original birth certificate for classification in sport.

TAKE ACTION:

Tennessee - SB228 - SPORTS BILL

Tennessee SB 228 would bar all trans youth from sport consistent with their gender identity and require the use of a student's original birth certificate for classification in sport.

Texas - SB373 - SPORTS BILL

Texas SB 373 would require athletes to compete in the category of their original birth certificate. 

Utah - HB0302 - SPORTS BILL - DEFEATED

Utah HB 0302 would designate K-12 athletic activities as one of the following, based on sex:

(a) "male" or "men's";

(b) "female" or "women's"; or

(c) "coed" or "mixed";

and would allow anyone who feels they were harmed by the participation of a transgender athlete to sue the school and the athletic association for monetary damages, including for psychological, emotional, and physical harm; reasonable attorney fees and costs; and any other appropriate relief, at the court's discretion.

West Virginia - HB2141 - SPORTS BILL

West Virginia HB 2141 states:  Each elementary and secondary school in this state that receives any type of public funding from this state or a local government, or both, shall require, for an official or unofficial school-sanctioned athletic or sporting event, that each athlete participating in the athletic or sporting event participates with and competes against other athletes based on the athlete’s biological sex as indicated on the athlete's original birth certificate issued at the time of birth

If an athlete’s original birth certificate issued at the time of birth does not designate a biological sex of male or female, then that athlete’s participation and/or competition in athletic or sporting events with and/or against other athletes must be established by a valid genetic test sampled from the applying athlete’s own bodily tissue, to establish whether the applying athlete’s chromosomal makeup is XX (female) or XY (male). The valid genetic testing required by this section must be conducted by a certified genetic testing provider. The valid genetic test of the applying athlete shall be paid for by the athlete or the athlete’s parent or guardian and provided by same to the school sponsoring the athletic program in which the applicant desires to participate. Any falsification or manipulation of the results of any athlete’s genetic testing shall result in revocation of the athlete’s participation and/or competition in any sport that is not consistent with the athlete’s genetic chromosomal makeup XX (female) or XY (male) and any party who intentionally furthers any such falsification may, in the discretion of the Attorney General, be subject to the same sanctions set forth in subsection (d) of this section.

An elementary school or secondary school that violates subsection (a) is immediately ineligible to continue to receive public funds of any type from this state or a local government. If the department of education and a court of competent jurisdiction, through the issuance of a declaratory order, find that the school is in compliance with this section, public funding shall be restored.

TAKE ACTION:

  • EMAIL members of the House Education Committee HERE and tell them to oppose HB2141

West Virginia - SB341 - SPORTS BILL

West Virginia SB341 states:  Interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by a public school or any school that is a member of the West Virginia high school activities association or a public institution of higher education or any higher education institution that is a member of the national collegiate athletic association (NCAA), national association of intercollegiate athletics (NAIA), or national junior college athletic association (NJCAA) shall be expressly designated as one (1) of the following based on biological ex:

(A) Males, men, or boys;

(B) Females, women, or girls; or

(C) Coed or mixed.

 Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex.

If disputed, a student may establish sex by presenting a signed physician's statement that shall indicate the student's sex based solely on:

(A) The student's internal and external reproductive anatomy;

(B) The student's normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone;

(C) An analysis of the student's genetic makeup.

Wisconsin - LRB2339 - SPORTS BILL

Wisconsin LRB 2339: (Higher Education) This bill requires each University of Wisconsin institution and technical college that operates or sponsors an intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic team or sport to designate the athletic team or sport as falling into one of three categories based on the sex of the participating students. The three categories are 1) participants who are males or men; 2) participants who are females or women; and 3) coed or participants of both sexes.  The bill defines “sex” as the sex assigned at birth by a physician. The bill also requires a UW institution or technical college to prohibit a male student from participating on an athletic team or in a sport designated for females or women. Finally, the bill requires the UW institution or technical college to notify students if the institution or technical college intends to change a designation for an athletic team or sport.

 

Wisconsin - LRB2340 - SPORTS BILL

LRB 2340: (K-12) This bill requires each school board, independent charter school, and private school participating in a parental choice program (educational institution) that operates or sponsors an interscholastic, intramural, or club athletic team or sport to designate the athletic team or sport as falling into one of three categories based on the sex of the participating pupils.  The three categories are 1) participants who are males, men, or boys; 2) participants who are females, women, or girls; and 3) coed or participants of both sexes.  The bill defines “sex” as the sex assigned at birth by a physician. The bill also requires an educational institution to prohibit a male pupil from participating on an athletic team or in an athletic sport designated for females, women, or girls. Finally, the bill requires the educational institution to notify pupils and parents if an educational institution intends to change a designation for an athletic team or sport.

MEDICAL CARE BILLS

Alabama - HB1 - MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH

Alabama HB 1 would make it a felony to treat trans young people and would force school employees and administrators to out trans and questioning youth in schools.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Write to Alabama House Committee for Judiciary HERE and tell them to oppose HB1

Alabama - SB10 - MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH

Alabama SB 10, the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, prohibits gender change therapy for minors, prohibits withholding of certain related information from parents.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Write to Alabama House Committee for Healthcare HERE and tell them to oppose SB10

Florida - HB935 - MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH

HB 935 would make it a 1st-degree misdemeanor for healthcare providers to provide life-saving gender-affirming care to transgender youth under the age of 18 AND block trans youth from participating in K-12 athletics and intramural sports.   

TAKE ACTION:

  • Write to House Rep. Anthony Sabatini telling him to pull this bill HERE

  • Call House Rep. Anthony Sabatini: 352-989-9100 (Local Office), 850-717-5032 (Capitol Office)

  • Tweet @anthonysabatini

  • Tag House Rep. Anthony Sabatini @anthony_sabatini on Instagram

Indiana - SB224 - MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH

Indiana SB 224 would make it a felony to treat trans young people. There are no action items on this bill at this time.

Mississippi - SB2171 - MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH

Mississippi SB 2171 would prohibit medical providers from administering any medical or surgical treatment for the purpose of gender reassignment for anyone under the age of 21. There are no action items on this bill at this time.

Missouri - HB33 - MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH

Missouri HB 33 would prohibit medical providers from administering any medical or surgical treatment for the purpose of gender reassignment for anyone under the age of 18. Any licensed health professional who assists in prohibited actions will be subject to license revocation and any parent who obtains such treatment for a child shall be reported to the Department of Social Services
Children's Division for child abuse. This bill is the same as HB 1721 (2020). There are no action items on this bill at this time.

Montana - HB113 - MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH - defeated

New Hampshire - HB68 - MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH

HB 68 would make treating trans young people consistent with prevailing medical standards of care "CHILD ABUSE" under state law.  There are no action items on this bill at this time.

South Carolina - H3518 - MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH

South Carolina H 3518 would amend Title 44 of the 1976 code to allow medical practitioners, health care institutions, or health care payers to deny care, services, or medication to any person if the practitioner or entity objects on the basis of conscience, whether such conscience is informed by religious, moral, ethical, or philosophical beliefs or principles.

Texas - HB68 - MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH

Texas HB 68 would make treating trans young people consistent with prevailing medical standards of care "CHILD ABUSE" under state law. 

Utah - HB92 - MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH

Utah HB 92 prohibits doctors and surgeons from treating trans young people consistent with prevailing medical standards of care.

FEDERAL

H.R.8932 - "Protect Women's Sports Act"

"To provide that for purposes of determining compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in athletics, sex shall be determined on the basis of biological sex as determined at birth by a physician." Introduced by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) on Dec. 10, 2020.  

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