To the editor:
In recent news, more than a dozen U.S. states have been introducing legislation to curb President Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 executive order on “preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
This executive order includes, specifically, transgender individuals and their ability to participate in athletics at high school and college levels.
“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room or school sports,” the order stated.
On March 2, Wisconsin became another state to propose legislation that would essentially tear these rights away from our transgender children.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, the term “transgender” means “people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth.”
Gov. Tony Evers tweeted on the same day his acknowledgement of transgender youth and their struggle regardless of participation in school sports.
Several representatives with the Wisconsin LGBTQ Caucus sent a press release in response to the bill, authored by Barb Dittrich (R-Oconomowoc), that expressed their disappointment in legislation such as this, calling it an attack on transgender youth “who simply wish to exercise the same rights and opportunities as their peers.”
“This proposed legislation is cruel and discriminatory and will cause further harm to children who are already under attack for simply being themselves,” the press release continued. “There is no place for discrimination in our schools, and that includes organized athletics. We must welcome and champion all athletes, regardless of gender identity or expression.”
And it’s that simple. There should be no rule or legislation put forth in regard to barring students — children, no less — from playing their favorite sport because of how they identify and express themselves.
If parents were accepting of their transgender children in the first place, they could help them get put on the proper medication to begin transitioning. Whether it be a male-to-female person starting estrogen or a female-to-male individual starting testosterone, there are then no ways that there can be an “advantage.”
I know several transgender folks, and those who are transitioning or have transitioned said that their levels, after some time, are equivalent to that of a biological male or female anyway.
This bill has no effect on schools, sports or parents: it is a specific attack on transgender youth. You probably disagree with this because you’re uncomfortable with trans folks. Let them play.
— Kaitlyn Scoville