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

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Mar 26, 2024

The House Education Committee in Juneau, Alaska, voted to advance Rep. Jamie Allard’s student athlete gender identity bill, known as House Bill 183, after an hour-long and 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.

Allard, R-Eagle River, argues that the bill is about fairness and acknowledging biological differences. She states that if the bill 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.

Supporters, like Alexander Rosales from Eagle River, voiced their support for the bill by emphasizing that transgender women are biologically men. They argue that allowing individuals to participate in sports based on their gender identity blurs the lines and creates issues, such as boys entering girl’s locker rooms.

However, opponents, like Salim Houck from Juneau, a transgender male, see the bill as anti-trans. Houck believes that denying transgender students the opportunity to participate in sports deprives them of the benefits that come with it, such as self-esteem, sense of belonging, and improved academic performance. He argues that all students, including trans students, deserve the same chance to learn important life skills through sports.

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

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