N.C. House Representatives File A Bill To Keep Transgender Youth Out Of School Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The North Carolina House Of Representatives has filed an anti-transgender bill titled “Save Women’s Sports Act.”

This Bill would require teams to be designated as male or for men, female or for women, or co-ed, and comes as lawmakers in more than two dozen states have proposed similar bills.

Officials with Equality North Carolina, the largest LGBT rights advocacy group in the state, say the bill is looking to ban transgender youth from participating in sports teams and school sponsored athletics.

Equality officials say House Bill 358 is rooted in invasive and inappropriate questions about the sex assigned to kids at birth, and relies on outdated generalizations about men and women’s bodies.

Advocacy officials say children benefit socially, physiologically, and emotionally from participating in school sports teams and athletics, and transgender youth belong on the sports team that aligns with their gender identity.

House Bill 358 is a part of a wave of anti-transgender legislation targeting children across the United States, advocacy officials say.

Rebby Kern, Education Policy Director at Equality NC, says “Five years after attacking transgender North Carolinians through the devastating impact of House Bill 2, NC House Republicans are once again targeting our transgender community. It’s beyond disheartening to see that the North Carolina General Assembly has not learned the lessons of five years ago. Young people all across this state, regardless of gender identity, deserve the opportunity to experience the benefits of being part of a sporting community — especially when trans youth already face disproportionate barriers to success in learning environments. Equality NC believes that we can find a way to protect transgender youth AND ensure that all youth, regardless of gender identity, have the opportunity to learn teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, self-discipline, and all the other lessons that sports provide. We call on the NCGA to do their part in protecting all youth by passing clear nondiscrimination protections for youth in sport and beyond.”