On Monday, members of the House Committee on Education heard HB1041, "Participation in School Sports." If passed, this bill will prohibit transgendered girls from participating in a girls' sport. Excluding trans students from participation deprives them of opportunities available to their peers and sends the message that they are not worthy of the same things that their non-trans friends are. MCCOY provided testimony on Monday alongside advocates from all over the state including the ACLU, faith leaders, parents of trans youth, community leaders, women's rights groups, and more to oppose this legislation.
Despite the powerful testimony from other opponents of the bill, HB1041 passed through the committee 8-4, and then it passed its third reading before the full House chamber with a vote of 66-30. It will now head to the Senate chamber for further review.
MCCOY will continue to support trans youth in Indiana by opposing this bill.