LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — A silent gathering will be held Monday to support trans youth ahead of a July Hempfield School Board Meeting that could ban trans athletes from participating.
As it stands, trans student-athletes can participate in Hempfield sports on the team that best matches their gender identity, falling in line with a PIAA policy that leaves the decision-making at the school level.
According to a press release, the school board is expected to consider possible changes to that district policy which could ban trans athletes from participating.
The gathering will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. at 200 Stanley Ave in Landisville.
“Transgender students are still protected by Title IX, which ensures that they have the right to equal access to educational opportunities, including access to single-sex spaces and activities consistent with their gender identity,” said K. Foley, on behalf of Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition.
In April, a number of Republican State House members introduced the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. which would essentially ban transgender youth from playing school sports according to their gender identity.
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Supporters of the bill say transgender children who were raised as boys have a physical advantage, but others say it’s anything but fair.
“I say this with respect for all athletes at all levels of play: Sports are important AND the lives of our most vulnerable students are more important,” said Hempfield parent Jamie Beth Cohen. “Make no mistake, this is a life and death matter. And I can’t sit back and watch as trans athletes are excluded from the life-giving and life-affirming benefits of playing sports with their peers.”