Bloomington’s family fights for a transgender daughter in a bill banning her from girls’ sports

Kirin Clawson is posing in front of a photo of her family at home on Wednesday.

Kirin Clawson is posing in front of a photo of her family at home on Wednesday.

When Kirin Clawson was two years old, he began refusing to leave the house without wearing a tutu. If she only wore boys’ clothes, she would throw a tantrum.

When her parents Beth and Nathaniel Clawson noticed she was wearing a girl’s clothes, she went out and took “Frozen” themed shoes from Smith’s shoe center. I bought it.

By the time she was three years old, Kirin was alive as her true self. She started her transition before her school. This includes using the correct pronouns and buying clothes that feel comfortable.

Currently she is a 9 year old transgender girl in 3rd grade. Childs Elementary School.. Beth said she was frank, precocious, entertaining, roller derby, volleyball, and swimmer tycoon.

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Giraffes have always been accepted by classmates and family.However Indiana Parliament I will continue to try to pass the law that tells me that she is not affiliated.

What is included in House Bill 1041?

Indiana House passed the bill, HB 1041Last week, transgender girls were banned from playing sports in elementary, junior high and high school. It passed 66-30 and is now in the hands of the State Senate.

Bill author, state Congressman Michel DavisR-Whiteland is about ensuring that girls’ athletics remain fair, as transgender girls may have more physiological advantages than cisgender girls. Said.

The Indiana High School Physical Education Association Already, there is a policy that requires transgender girls who want to play sports to show that they have been on hormone therapy for at least a year and that their muscle mass or bone density is consistent with other girls of the same age.

The bill is categorically opposed ACLUSays that signing the bill will fight the bill in court, as will members of the LGBTQ community and parents of transgender children.

Kirin Clawson is posing with her parents Beth Clawson (left) and Nathaniel Clawson (right) on Wednesday.

Kirin Clawson is posing with her parents Beth Clawson (left) and Nathaniel Clawson (right) on Wednesday.

Nathaniel, who testified at the State Capitol last week, is one of them.

He talked about giraffes and how she doesn’t experience testosterone-rich puberty. How has she seen her as a girl, as long as her companions know her? The way she has only seen herself as a girl.

“There are many lessons in life that children learn through sports, and they build stronger friendships with their peers,” he said. “It is these life lessons that I was most worried about my daughter missing.”

stand up

As the giraffe grew older, she stood up for herself and learned to take up the space she deserved, Beth said. But early in her daughter’s life, Beth was hesitant to play sports with other girls, fearing that other girls might tell her.

“Because of the leotards and swimwear, she discouraged her interest in swimming and gymnastics in particular,” she said. “Of course, our family knows that gender has nothing to do with body parts, but much of the world doesn’t understand it.”

Beth understands that every child should have the opportunity to compete in fair competitions, but banning transgender girls from participating in girls’ athletics is much greater. He said it would cause problems.

“My daughter’s mental health and wellness are much more important than your child’s medals and records,” she said.

By 2020, 52% of US transgender and non-binary people, according to annual reports, were serious about suicide. Survey from the Trevor Project, A national non-profit organization focused on LGBTQ youth suicide prevention. This survey is based on the experience of approximately 35,000 LGBTQ people aged 13 to 24 years across the country.

Bloomington, especially Childs Elementary, has always been accepted, Beth and Nathaniel agreed. The day after Nathaniel testified at the State Capitol, Kirin’s teacher allowed her to carry her transgender pride flag all day and give her classmates a presentation about what it means to be transgender. Every year, Kirin attends classes with almost the same students she was with from kindergarten. She feels she needs to do that, because she feels comfortable.

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Some supporters of anti-transgender law argue that children are unable to develop gender identity at such a young age and that parents of transgender children are hurting them. Beth said they might not feel the same if those people could see how happy Kirin and she were in her body.

Identity development

When Kirin was young, Beth and Nathaniel began requesting a letter from her pediatrician confirming that she was being cared for and not being abused. They hold a letter binder, so if social welfare or someone else asks if a giraffe is living a safe family life, they have proof.

And even if Kirin decides not to be transgender, Beth and Nathaniel will not regret it.

“Our overall thinking process, if she changes her mind, will at least know that we accept her and we love her,” Nathaniel said.

Clawsons is involved in a local group called TASC. Trance and ally support communityThrough it, they met Jeanne Smith, a longtime resident of Bloomington. Smith and Clawson talk once a week, Beth said.

Smith, 69, knew he was transgender since he was five. She spent her life hiding her identity until she was 55 years old.

“I spent 50 years trying not to be transgender until I realized I had a soul,” she said.

Smith instilled fear in transgender youth and her Said that it could hide its identity.

“Indiana isn’t doing anything to help transgender people,” she said. “They put them in the worst possible situation.”

At least half a dozen bills were submitted at the beginning of the 2022 legislative assembly in Indiana, which involved transgender people. Other bills included a ban on medical confirmation for minors, restrictions on bathrooms available to transgender people, and a ban on gender changes on birth certificates. Although unlikely to pass, Nathaniel says it’s still painful to see these bills submitted.

Beth, Nathaniel and Jeanne, who are deeply involved in the local transgender community, said they do not know of other transgender girls in the region who are currently participating in the sport.

But as long as there are giraffes, they will fight for her.

“We spend our days wearing armor,” Beth said. “Many people say,’We are not denying your child because children can still play boys’ sports.” But I’m like you can’t tell them. You must always let our children know who they are. “

Correction: A printed version of this story from the Herald Times on Sunday mistakenly stated that Kirin Lawson was taking hormones. She is different.

Contact Christine Stephenson ([email protected]), a Herald-Times reporter.

This article was originally published in The Herald-Times: Family fights HB1041 banning transgender girls from girls’ sports