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Stop HB1572, the attack on transgender student athletes

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Billdata Timeline
09.12.2019
bill:introduced, bill:reading:1: House
Filed for introduction
14.01.2020
bill:introduced: House
Intro., P1C.
15.01.2020
committee:referred: House
Assigned to s/c K-12 Subcommittee
15.01.2020
committee:referred: House
P2C, ref. to Education
30.01.2020
bill:introduced, bill:reading:1: Senate
Filed for introduction
03.02.2020
bill:introduced: Senate
Introduced, Passed on First Consideration
06.02.2020
: Senate
Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Education Committee
26.02.2020
: House
Placed on s/c cal K-12 Subcommittee for 3/3/2020
03.03.2020
: House
Action Def. in s/c K-12 Subcommittee to 3/17/2020
11.03.2020
: House
Placed on s/c cal K-12 Subcommittee for 3/17/2020
17.03.2020
: House
Meeting Canceled
20.05.2020
: House
Placed on s/c cal K-12 Subcommittee for 5/26/2020
26.05.2020
committee:referred: House
Rec for pass if am by s/c ref. to Education Committee
27.05.2020
: House
Placed on cal. Education Committee for 6/3/2020
03.06.2020
: House
Taken off notice for cal. in Education Committee
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Vote NO on HB1572

Please, vote NO on HB1572 when it comes before the House K-12 subcommittee on March 3.

I oppose the exclusion of transgender students from school athletics.  Everyone deserves the opportunity to participate and draw on their strengths and talents.  The law should not be used to stigmatize a group of students, nor should it be used to micromanage school athletics.  The TSSAA exists to regulate school sports.

Texas has tried this policy with failing results. Consider the example of transgender wrestler Mack Beggs.  Though he wanted to wrestle in the boys' division, he was forced to wrestle in the girls' division, where he won two state titles, because his birth certificate said he was female. 

This bill will pit school officials against transgender students by imposing outrageous fines against school officials who are not in compliance.  It also threatens the loss of school funding. 

This bill would create a bureaucratic and legal quagmire for schools as they try to maintain student privacy while using birth certificates to establish a student's gender.  Many students move to Tennessee from other states every year.  Tennessee borders eight states.  The states have varied policies on amended birth certificates.  There is no way to guarantee equitable enforcement or maintain student privacy.

This bill is detrimental to students and creates numerous headaches for school personnel.

Thank you for considering my views.

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summary

HB1572 is an outrageous attack on transgender athletes. It threatens school officials with fines and schools with loss of funding if they are in violation of this bill. And it creates a legal and bureaucratic nightmare for school systems.

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why sign?

  • This bill creates bureaucratic headaches for schools.
  • This bill threatens school personnel and school funding.
  • This bill stigmatizes and exludes transgender students.