Like similar laws, the Save Women’s Sports Act would prevent transgender girls from playing on girls’ sports teams in middle or high school. This bill would apply to both public schools and private schools competing against public schools. The text of the law stipulates that sex at the time of birth is determined on the basis of genetics and anatomy.
Greenville Rep. Ashley Trantham is the bill’s main sponsor. Trantham, like many others who enforced anti-trans laws, falsely argued that allowing trans girls to play in girls’ teams would take advantage of (cisgender) women’s opportunities. Trantham argues schools can use an athlete’s physical exam to determine their gender.
More than 40 doctors signed an open letter against the bill. Of these, Dr. Elizabeth Mack, MD, as reported by South Carolina United, in part: “This bill tells our trans youth, not just those who are into sports, to a population already struggling with this pandemic,” We are not supporting you. ” “
Mack discussed “far too many” suicide attempts and closings during her career, noting that the LGBTQ community was “particularly at risk”. Regarding COVID-19, Mack, who works in a pediatric intensive care unit, added that the pandemic “has exposed the inequalities in our society.”
Eli Bundy, a 16 year old transgender teen who uses she / she pronouns, gave a bold testimony at the hearing, which also discussed the potential mental health implications of such laws. As reported by South Carolina United, Bundy said in part, “I am both disappointed and not surprised that our state assembly tells young people like me that we are not the same as cisgender students and that we do not deserve and that we are equal Pose a threat to the lives and livelihoods of other students. ”
Bundy discussed data from the Trevor Project, including the disproportionately high rate of mental health problems and suicide attempts among transgender youth. They movedly encouraged committee members to “consider the lives of transgender youth who put them at risk” when voting on the bill. Because lest people try to forget, this issue is about more than semantics, a trophy, or a difference in perspective – it’s about people’s literal lives.
South Carolina Senator Richard Cash, also a Republican, is the main sponsor of a similar bill in the state Senate. This bill is still pending in the Education Committee.
If you’re looking to find out where to start when it comes to helping transgender youth, check out our guide on using gender neutral pronouns, tips on how to ally, and a roundup of free mental health resources.