Missouri bill restricting transgender participation in youth sports moves forward in house

A bill banning transgender students from playing in sports teams that match their gender was voted approved by the Missouri House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon.

This was added to an irrelevant bill dealing with student grades during a pandemic as an amendment sponsored by Republican Rocheport Rep. Chuck Basie. 100 votes in favor, 51 votes against, and 1 vote from the Democratic Party attended.

Six Republicans, including Lee’s Summit Rep. Jonathan Patterson, submitted a bill on Tuesday night and voted against most Democrats after a heated debate revisited Wednesday.

The bill itself, awaiting its first approval in the House of Representatives, remained unresolved after the transsports measures were adopted. It was put on the table for the second time on Wednesday, in the middle of a discussion about another amendment to ban critical racial theory. The New York Times “1619 Project” Because it is taught at school.

Named after the year the first enslaved Africans arrived in the Colony of Virginia, the Times project claims that racism and the system of slavery are influencing the history of the country. Critical racial theory is an academic movement based on the idea that legal and other institutions perpetuate racism.

Proponents advertised the Transsports Act as an effort to protect girls’ and women’s sports from unfair competition with teammates who have physiological advantages.

It’s part of National legislative wave After a conservative group identified the topic of girls’ sports as a social issue to focus on, it was submitted to the Republican-controlled State Capitol.

Kansas legislators have passed a sports ban version. Democratic Governor Laura Kelly is expected to exercise her veto and must act until Monday.

The Missouri bill banned transgender girls from playing in girls’ teams at “public school-sponsored” events. Transgender boys can play in “coed” or “mixed” teams only when they begin the transition, and in boys if the school does not offer an equivalent women’s team.

The Missouri State High School Activity Association now allows transgender boys receiving testosterone treatment to compete in a team of boys, and after transgender girls record a year of treatment to suppress testosterone, girls Allows teams to compete.

The NCAA signaled last week not to hold a championship event in a state that has passed the ban. On the floor, Basay wasn’t sure if his bill would apply to college sports, but said, “You can read it.”

Opponents have accused the measure of discriminatory, unnecessary and harmful to the mental health of transgender adolescents, who have a higher suicide rate than cisgender adolescents.

“Children who see this headline tomorrow on this issue will be devastated by what happened here in Missouri,” said Lakeshire Democrat Michael Burton. “And that’s not right.”

Basai calls for the bill to be adopted as a state-wide campaign on this issue and a constitutional amendment that will trigger elections. He said Wednesday he still wants to do so, in addition to amending the school bill.

“Women’s rights are what we have fought for years,” said Susie, a Lebanese Republican who sponsored a bill banning transgender minors from receiving transition-related treatments. Rep. Pollock said. “This is not a correction of hatred. It says that the majority should have the right to compete, be treated fairly, and not be exposed to unnecessary and terrible things.”

She accused the opposition, claiming that the bill would increase the risk of suicide among transgender youth.

“I hate suicide being triggered enough to give ideas to our youth,” Pollock said. “Suicide is by no means an option.”

Other supporters said they were worried that teenage girls would be exposed to the genitals of transgender girls in changing rooms and showers.

Crystal Quaid, a house minority leader at the Springfield Democratic Party, said he accused the Republicans of using the bill to win the primary. If it passes the House of Representatives, it faces the hurdle of passing the Senate in the remaining three weeks of the legislative session.

Democrats have begun emotional debates against the bill, and many have compared the issue to racial minorities and the civil rights of gay and lesbian people. Missouri legislators do not openly have transgender members.

“Many of you are straight, white male Republicans,” said Shameful Dogan, the only black Republican in the house and an opponent of the bill, Congressman Ballwin. “How many people have ever entered the room and become a super-minority among those who look like you … I recommend you put yourself in the position of someone else. “