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Alaska House Advances Bill Restricting Transgender Student Athlete Participation in Sports

Bill on K-12 sports gender identity progresses to House Judiciary Committee

Alaska House Advances Bill Restricting Transgender Student Athlete Participation in Sports

The House Education Committee in Juneau, Alaska has voted to advance Rep. Jamie Allard’s student athlete gender identity bill, known as House Bill 183, after an emotional public testimony on Monday. The bill would require Alaska public schools to only allow students to play on boys or girls sports teams of the gender they were assigned on their birth certificates.

Supporters of the bill, like Alexander Rosales from Eagle River, emphasized that transgender women are biologically men and argued that allowing individuals to participate in sports based on their gender identity blurs the lines and creates issues. However, opponents like Salim Houck from Juneau see the bill as anti-trans. He believes that denying transgender students the opportunity to participate in sports deprives them of important life skills and benefits such as self-esteem, sense of belonging, and improved academic performance.

Allard argues that the bill is about fairness and acknowledging biological differences. She states that if it becomes law, it would not impact co-ed sports. According to her sponsor statement, the bill “requires students to play according to their biological sex.” Allard believes that girls deserve a fair playing field and the opportunity to compete on equal terms for scholarships and medals.

The bill will now move to the House Judiciary Committee for further consideration before potentially heading to a House floor vote and then the Senate if it passes there. Copyright 2024 KTUU. All rights reserved.

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