Wisconsin considering anti-trans legislation

The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Republicans in Wisconsin are considering legislation that would ban transgender girls and women from participating in women’s sports.

Wisconsin is just the latest state to consider this kind of anti-transgender legislation.

The Associated Press reported that opponents and supporters both testified this week.

The news service reported that more than 30 groups came out in opposition of the measures, including the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, which regulates high school sports, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the statewide teachers union, the ACLU, the State Bar of Wisconsin’s civil rights and liberties section, the LGBTQ advocacy group Fair Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, would veto the bill. While the GOP does control the state legislature, they don’t have a supermajority in the House.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Evers said “Trans kids deserve our love and respect and support just like any other kid. I stand with them.”

The bills would allow students to join teams only that correspond to their assigned gender unless the sport is classified as “coed.” It would apply to public and private schools, as well as the University of Wisconsin and technical colleges, according to the AP.

Supporters argued that trans girls have an unfair physical advantage, and that passing the bill would ensure that girls have a level playing field while preserving competitive achievements and scholarships.

According to an article from Scientific American, trans girls do not actually have an advantage, as hormone blockers remove most advantages. 

Opponents say the bills would violate Title IX and further marginalize trans people. A spokesperson for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, which has a trans-inclusive policy, told the AP they haven’t gotten any complaints about trans athletes competing.