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In the past few years, a wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation has been passed in the House of Representatives and state legislatures. As of February 2024, twenty-five states have laws or regulations which ban “transgender students from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity.” With deceiving names like the “Save Women’s Sports Act” and the “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023,” these laws discriminate against trans student-athletes, purportedly in the name of fairness and women’s empowerment .The stark reality is that these bills do nothing to cultivate fairness and safety for student-athletes and do not further the interests of women and girls in sports. Instead, these laws politicize the lives of children to stoke fear, intolerance, and discrimination, and deny all students the benefits of equal participation in sports.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on February 15, 2024. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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