Iowans can agree that every child deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
This week, House Majority Party Education committee members approved a bill (HF 2309) that discriminates against and prevents transgender girls from participating in girls’ sports in middle and high school.
Local schools across the state, in partnership with high school athletic associations, are already creating policies that protect transgender youth and ensure a level playing field for all students. Those guidelines are working; there is no evidence of any problems in our state. Banning transgender youth from participating in sports undermines all of these efforts.
The girls affected by this would be prevented from learning the challenges and teamwork by being denied the opportunity to be involved in team activities. ALL children deserve the same chances to learn those life lessons and to build a sense of belonging with their peers.
This bill could also impact Iowa’s Title 9 Federal Funds and it should also be noted that a similar bill passed in South Dakota was struck down in federal court. This bill is discriminatory, singles out and marginalizes a small group of children.
With all Democrats voting no, the bill passed on a partisan basis and will advance to a full House vote.
I did not come to the Statehouse to pass discriminatory laws against Iowa children.