The Senate Education Committee will hear HB 1041, a bill that would ban trans girls from playing school sports, Wednesday. The ACLU of Indiana will host a Rally to Protect Trans Youth in advance of the hearing Wednesday, February 9, at noon at the Statehouse, third floor, South Atrium.  

In addition, the ACLU of Indiana, along with more than 70 organizations, medical professionals and faith groups across the state, has signed an open letter to legislators expressing concerns. 

The letter states, in part: 

“The bill, HB 1041, singles out trans girls, banning them from participating in girls’ sports, ultimately jeopardizing their mental health, physical well-being and ability to access educational opportunities comparable to their peers. 

“...Allowing trans girls to compete in girls’ sports doesn’t hurt anyone, advocates for women and girls in sports such as the National Women’s Law Center, the Women’s Sports Foundation, Women Leaders in College Sports, and others support trans-inclusive policies and oppose efforts to exclude transgender students from participating in sports. 

“When misinformation about biology and gender is used to bar transgender girls from sports it amounts to the same form of sex discrimination that has long been prohibited under Title IX, a law that protects all students – including trans people – on the basis of sex. Courts recently blocked similar laws from taking effect in Idaho and West Virginia.” 

See the full letter below.

Do you represent an organization, church or faith community, sports team, or are a medical professional? Sign on to the letter here.