Kentucky Governor vetoes trans sports ban

He joins two other governors in vetoing such bans.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would ban transgender women and girls from playing on gender-appropriate school sports teams from sixth grade through college.

Under the proposed bill, students would play on teams based on their sex assigned at birth.

Beshear, who is a Democrat, joins two Republican governors who vetoed similar bills in Utah and Indiana. In your veto letterHe said he shares their concerns that the bills could spark lawsuits against the state and harm transgender people.

“Transgender children deserve the efforts of public officials to show that they are valued members of our communities through compassion, kindness and empathy, even if they are not sympathetic,” the governor said.

Beshear also pointed to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s transgender participation policy, which requires trans student athletes to undergo hormone therapy after puberty to minimize potential gender-related advantages.

KHSAA policy states that the organization “recognizes and promotes the ability of transgender student-athletes to participate in the privilege of interscholastic sports and athletic activities free from unlawful discrimination based on sexual orientation.”

However, Senate Bill 83, the Women’s Sports Fairness Act, passed the Kentucky legislature on March 24 with a Republican majority that could override Beshear’s decision.

Supporters of these policies, such as the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Robby Mills, have said they believe transgender women have a biological advantage over cisgender women.

“It would be overwhelming for a young woman to train her entire career to end up competing against a biological male in the state tournament or state finals,” Mills said during Senate debate on the bill.

There has been “no direct or consistent research” showing that trans people have an advantage over their cisgender peers in athletics, according to a Sports Medicine Journal Review of several research studies on the potential benefits.

LGBTQ advocates applauded Beshear’s decision, saying lawmakers behind the bill are targeting transgender youth.

“From the beginning, this bill has focused more on fear than justice,” said Chris Hartman, executive director of the Kentucky LGBTQ+ advocacy group the Fairness Campaign.

She continued, “In the entire Kentucky school system, there is only one openly transgender girl that we know of playing on a school sports team. That student started her school’s field hockey team, recruited every other member of the team, and just wants chance to play.” with her friends in her eighth grade.”

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