Like so many of these calculations, HB 1657 defines gender based on chromosomes. Minor misdemeanor charges could be fined up to $ 300 if we consider how minor adult offenses work in the state. The full offense (for using bathrooms or locker rooms) can result in up to 90 days in prison, up to two years probation, and a fine of up to $ 1,000 for leaving again from adults.
Gender Justice executive director Megan Peterson told LGBTQ + -focused outlet. These sentences would be more likely to translate into juvenile detention for athletes under the age of 18. She told the point of sale, “It would be on the child’s records until they grow up and their minor records are deleted.”
“There is no reason why girls’ kickball should be harder to play in Minnesota than a top-level Olympic sport,” Gender Justice’s Jess Braverman told the local KSTP outlet, adding it was “insane.”
In a statement, Chase Strangio of the American Civil Liberties Union summed up the situation well, saying: “Being trans is not a crime and trans teenagers should never be excluded or criminalized from sport for simply being themselves. “
Now it is unlikely that the law will actually be passed since the Democrats control the State House. Tim Walz, the governor of Minnesota, is also a Democrat. But just because many of these bills are unlikely to become law doesn’t mean we can just shake them off.
First of all, the fact that people are debating the merits of these hateful, exclusive ideas gives them credibility, and that is dangerous when it comes to transgender youth (and frankly adults too). Talking about the potential criminalization of young people for sport is no difference between values or perspectives. It can have real, long-term effects on a person’s life and future.
Of course, any kind of discrimination can have negative effects on mental health and self-esteem, but when the judicial system is involved there is another level to consider. Transgender people already report higher levels of employment and housing discrimination, and a higher risk of leaving school without a diploma or becoming homeless as a minor. Add a criminal record to that and bad situations get worse.
The other level to be aware of with the possibility of a misdemeanor is that our judicial system is already stacked against people of color. For example, we know that young people of color are more likely to be incarcerated or incarcerated than white young people. Black students are already arrested (yes, arrested) more often at school. Now imagine that you are a transgender teenager who has to deal with colors because of the use of the bathroom or dressing room that matches your gender identity. The fear that someone will become suspicious and call the police or report you to the authorities just for trying to participate in a sports team. Nobody should have to live with this fear just by daring to live as their authentic self.