White House Strongly Opposes Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023
Article courtesy of The White House Office of Public Engagement
STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY
H.R. 734 – Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023
(Rep. Steube, R-FL, and 93 cosponsors)
The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 734.
For students nationwide, participating in sports and being part of a team is an important part of growing up, staying engaged in school, and learning leadership and life skills.
H.R. 734 would deny access to sports for many families by establishing an absolute ban on transgender students, even those as young as elementary schoolers, playing on a team consistent with their gender identity.
Schools, coaches, and athletic associations around the country are already working with families to develop participation rules that are fair and that take into account particular sports, grade levels, and levels of competition.
As a national ban that does not account for competitiveness or grade level, H.R. 734 targets people for who they are and therefore is discriminatory. Politicians should not dictate a one-size-fits-all requirement that forces coaches to remove kids from their teams.
At a time when transgender youth already face a nationwide mental health crisis, with half of transgender youth in a recent survey saying they have seriously considered suicide, a national law that further stigmatizes these children is completely unnecessary, hurts families and students, and would only put students at greater risk. Discrimination has no place in our nation’s schools or on our playing fields.
Instead of addressing the pressing issues that families and students face today, such as raising teacher pay, keeping guns out of schools, addressing the mental health crisis our youth face, and helping students learn and recover academically from unprecedented disruptions, Congressional Republicans have instead chosen to prioritize policies that discriminate against children.
If the President were presented with H.R. 734, he would veto it.
This article was originally published in the 2023 PRIDE Month Issue of Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine, and can be read in its original format here.