Transgender kids are kids and they deserve the same opportunities, inclusion, and community as all other kids. No child should face discrimination or be excluded simply for being true to themselves.
No child should be excluded from their community for who they are. The offensive and hateful proposals are not based on science and will harm Kentucky children.
These proposals are unconstitutional and waste tax dollars.
17 bills attacking transgender people were enacted into law in 2021 nationwide, more than in any other past year. Several are now blocked in court. Laws that violate rights, censor speech, and ban healthcare are subject to legal challenges. If the state loses in court, it will foot the bill. Similar legislation has been blocked in federal court, including the Arkansas ban on healthcare, the Tennessee “bathroom bill,” and the West Virginia athlete exclusion law.
Children need support and inclusion.
Participation creates positive outcomes:
Having the opportunity to participate in sports results in positive outcomes for students—better grades, greater homework completion, higher educational and occupational aspirations, and improved self-esteem.
Students participate in sports for the same reasons:
Trans students participate in sports for the same reasons other young people do: to challenge themselves, improve fitness, and be part of a team. Pushing some of our most vulnerable children out of their community tell them the adults in their life do not believe they deserve to live a full life.
Equal protection and privacy rights apply to all people:
Bills that single out and discriminate against transgender students violate state and federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection. Documenting a child's chromosomes and reproductive anatomy violate their privacy. No child should be forced to undergo a genital exam to prove who they are.
Professional athlete and athletic organizations support the inclusion of trans athletes:
The National Women’s Law Center, Women’s Sports Foundation, Women Leaders in College Sports, and others support inclusive policies.