An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures (FL only)

Anti-Trans Legislation: Vote NO on SB 2012

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I am writing with serious concerns about SB2012 the Anti-Transgender Youth Athlete Ban. This legislation sets a dangerous precedent in our public schools and attacks one of the most vulnerable groups in the state, namely, transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth. As has been shown by other states who have passed this dangerous model legislation, this bill also has consequences for the economy and tourism of the state as well. VOTE NO on SB 2012. Despite the fact that multiple high school athletic associations, the NCAA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and several professional sports leagues allow transgender athletes to compete in accordance with their gender identity this bill exists. According to a recent article by the American Center for Progress, surveys and research studies have shown that: trans* youth and young adults are more likely than their cisgender peers to report mental health issues and participation in youth athletics has been shown to help with mental health, physical health and overall well-being; trans* youth are far more likely to be bullied, harassed, and victims of hate crimes than their peers and legislation like this would only support and encourage this type of anti-trans youth behavior by cisgender youth; where trans* youth encounter accepting and affirming policies, including trans-affirming sports policies, their risk of poor mental health, addiction, victimization, and suicide is drastically reduced. (1) Furthermore, this bill could harm the economic and tourism in the state. According to a recent article by the Human Rights Campaign, “Idaho is the only state to have passed an anti-trans sports ban to date, and that law was swiftly suspended by a federal district court. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) came out against the Idaho bill and others like it and subsequently moved planned tournament games out of Idaho. The Associated Press projected that the North Carolina bathroom bill could have cost the state $3.76 billion over 10 years. During a fight over an anti-transgender bathroom bill in 2017, the Texas Association of Business estimated $8.5 billion in economic losses, risking 185,000 jobs in the process due to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and professional sporting event cancellations, a ban on taxpayer funded travel to those states, cancellation of movie productions, and businesses moving projects out of state.” (2) There is no reason to pass this legislation except to uphold bigotry and hatred against transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary youth. Vote NO on SB2012. Protect transgender youth, and save our state from accruing unnecessary negative attention and losing future business and sports contracts. (1) (2)

First sent on March 24 by YDSA at UCF · 7 signers in the past 24 hours

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