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The Threat

In the Ohio Legislature, a bill seeking to ban transgender athletes from sports (“Save Women’s Sports Act”) has been introduced in both the House and Senate. The bill (HB61 & SB132) has been assigned to the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee and the Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee.

You can find the language here: (SB132)(HB61).

This bill threatens to directly target and harm transgender youth.

The Reality:

  • In March of 2021, Hart Research Associates and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released a new report that finds that 73 percent of people believe that trans kids should be allowed to play on the team on which they feel comfortable, including 56 percent of Republicans. When the public is informed, this is not a controversial topic, nor is it an issue.

 

  • Currently the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the National Collegiate Athletic Administration (NCAA), the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), and many others have existing guidelines for allowing trans people, particularly youth, to participate in sports. You can find guidelines by organization here.

 

  • The NCAA has released a statement opposing the bans, stating that they go against long standing policy, stating that “NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected.”

 

  • The Ohio Education Association and the Ohio Federation of teachers also recently released a statement opposing these bills.

 

 

This is the most extreme attack on transgender people in Ohio (and across the country) in recent memory. It is not based on scientific or medical knowledge, but ignorance about how young people experiencing gender dysphoria are treated.

Trans kids just want the opportunity to participate like everyone else. Sports teach important skills like teamwork, healthy competition, socialization, and leadership. Being a part of a team, for a group that is so marginalized, can be invaluable to helping children establish relationships and feel a sense of belonging.

Help us fight this by taking an action!

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We need your help! Send us your 30-60 long video telling us why you oppose the ban to show lawmakers and other Ohioans that we support trans youth. EMAIL: [email protected] SUBJECT: #TransNBSportsBan

You can also submit formal written testimony here.

Equality Ohio is taking a stand against Ohio’s anti-transgender youth sports ban, but we need your help! Record a 30-60 second long video telling us why you oppose the ban to show lawmakers and other Ohioans that we support trans youth. Post your video on Instagram or Facebook and do two things:

  • Tag Equality Ohio
  • Hashtag #TransNBOhio, so we can create a roving gallery

Are you a parent or coach of a transgender child?

Like all children, transgender children need love and support. The Save Women’s Sports Act threatens the safety and well-being of trans children across Ohio. We need parents and educators to be ambassadors and speak up about how trans children thrive when supported. Supportive families lead to decreased instances of homelessness, depression, anxiety and suicide amongst trans youth. That is why it is important to affirm your child’s gender identity and advocate for the care and community they need.

Can we count on you to help us in our fight against a Trans Medical Ban in Ohio? Please join our parents group, and submit a testimony by emailing [email protected]

Write a letter to your paper.

Writing a Letter to the Editor (LTE) is an effective way to reach a larger audience, beyond just the people you know. If you are passionate about an issue, an LTE, can help ignite that passion in other community members, and influence them to take action.

Each newspaper will have varying word count limits for LTEs, but generally it is a good idea to aim for under 250 words for local and regional newspapers, and under 150 words for national newspapers. 

Write a letter from your own perspective and stick to a single point. As you write, make sure to remain respectful and refrain from attacking or name-calling. This may alienate those who are unsure of their feelings on the issue. It is also vital to include the name of your elected official in your letter to show them that you, their constituent, care about the issue at hand. Find your elected officials here.

Generally, it is best to structure your letter in three parts: 

  • Introduce readers to both yourself and the topic at hand and state your position on the matter. For example: I am the mother of a transgender child and I believe transgender children deserve love and support and affirmation of their identity, not the banning of their necessary medical care. 
  • Provide reasons for your stance and refute claims made by those who disagree with your stance with facts. 
  • End your letter with a call to action. For example, you can ask that readers call their representative in the House and ask that their rep not support Save Women’s Sports Act.
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