Vote NO on SB228/HB3 on February 17
Dear [title] [last name],
Please, vote NO on SB228/HB3 when it comes before the Education Committee on February 17.
All students deserve the chance to play school sports and be themselves. This bill uses the law to exclude transgender students and will not protect women's sports from real threats like underfunding and and lack of institutional support.
In fact, examples show that policies like this bill hurt opportunities for women and girls. In Texas in 2017 and 2018 Mack Beggs, a transgender man, won back-to-back wrestling titles against women.
A federal judge ruled in August that Idaho could not implement a similar policy. Tennessee should not waste money on a discriminatory, demeaning bill like this.
Finally, there has been no real discussion about the impact on school systems that have to collect, retain, and use birth certificates in new ways. There are also implications for student privacy.
Thank you for considering my views.