In accordance with the trans sports ban debate floating around with states individually setting up legislation to curb this inclusivity effort, Wisconsin joins that group to attack trans children and youth.

In a Wisconsin legislature press release on March 2, Reps. Lee Snodgrass (D-Appleton), Marisabel Cabrera (D-Milwaukee), Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) and Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit), as well as Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) have issued a statement in response to this proposed legislature.

The bill’s author, Barb Dittrich (R-Oconomowoc), said that Gov. Tony Evers would be “sexist” if he didn’t support them. The bill essentially “seeks to prevent transgender athletes from participating in school athletics alongside their peers,” according to the press release.

Though the press release stated that it is unlikely to pass, “this bill continues a longstanding trend of Republican attacks against our transgender youth and children, who simply wish to exercise the same rights and opportunities as their peers.”

Here’s what the Wisconsin LGBTQ Caucus had to say in response:

“This proposed legislation is cruel and discriminatory and will cause further harm to children who are already under attack for simply being themselves. There is no place for discrimination in our schools, and that includes organized athletics. We must welcome and champion all athletes, regardless of gender identity or expression.”

Furthermore, the release continues that the bill directly calls out stereotypes against transgender youth, “and discriminate against a group of young people who simply wish to apply their best selves in a sport they are passionate about.”

In a tweet at noon on March 2, Evers acknowledged and accepted transgender students and athletes alike.


Editor’s note: This article was originally posted March 3, 2021.

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