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Equality California on House Passage of Nationwide Transgender Youth Sports Ban
H.R. 734 would ban transgender youth from playing school sports; many nonbinary and intersex students would also be affected.
April 20, 2023 at 12:42 pm

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April 20, 2023

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (213) 355-3057/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang in response to the House passing H.R. 734, a federal transgender youth sports ban that seeks to exclude transgender, nonbinary, and intersex students from participating on school sports teams, on a party line vote of 219-203:

“While students in the United States face many issues concerning their actual safety and well-being — the continued epidemic of gun violence, inadequate school funding in rural and urban areas, increased rates of depression and anxiety — anti-LGBTQ+ House Republicans have chosen to forego seeking solutions to these problems and instead focused on the exclusion and harassment of transgender, nonbinary, and intersex youth.

“The nationwide transgender youth sports ban passed today is a solution in search of a problem. Transgender, nonbinary, and intersex youth want to participate in team sports for the same reasons as their cisgender peers — to be part of a team, learn sportsmanship, and challenge themselves. LGBTQ+ kids deserve access to the same educational opportunities as all other students. Dozens of local, state, and national women’s sports groups and gender justice organizations have declared their support for full inclusion in sports.

“We are ashamed of the California lawmakers who voted in favor of this bill, including Representatives Doug LaMalfa, Kevin Kiley, Tom McClintock, John Duarte, Kevin McCarthy, David Valadao, Jay Obernolte, Mike Garcia, Young Kim, Ken Calvert, Michelle Steel, and Darrell Issa. The Golden State has led by example for many years when it comes to protecting LGBTQ+ students, and the votes of these representatives do not reflect the beliefs and values of everyday Californians.

“Equality California will continue to defend the right of all LGBTQ+ students to be afforded the same opportunities as their peers, including the ability to participate in school sports.”

H.R. 734 would would allow discrimination against trans, intersex, and nonbinary students, under Title IX, undermining the key purpose of Title IX—to eliminate sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. The vague language of the bill also opens up the possibility that students may have to undergo invasive medical exams to “prove” their eligibility to participate in school sports. To date, 21 states have passed legislation banning transgender students from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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