Thursday, May 23, 2024

New England Is Solid Blue…

...Not so fast! Most of the New England states are a blueish purple, they just have a small Democratic edge and New Hampshire is a more reddish purple.
As a transgender girl, Sarah Huckman’s experience joining girls’ sports in high school wasn’t automatic, her father Tom Huckman recalled. Because she had not undergone gender reassignment surgery, she needed to appeal to the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association for an exception, a process that involved writing letters with the help of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.  

But once Sarah started participating in cross-country running, Nordic skiing, and track, she was quickly accepted by her friends and peers, Tom Huckman, of Ossipee, said at a press conference earlier this week.

“She’s a very social, gregarious person, and sports was absolutely one of the best things for her for her mental well-being,” Huckman said.

On Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate passed a measure that would prohibit such participation and sent the legislation to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk.

The chamber voted to advance House Bill 1205, a bill that would bar transgender girls in grades five through 12 from participating in girls’ sports in public school, in a party-line vote opposed by Democrats.
But the Republicans were not finished yet, they had a whole mess of other anti-trans bills,
The bill is one of several the Senate took up Thursday that would reduce the rights of transgender people in the state. The chamber also passed House Bill 619, which would bar those under 18 from receiving gender reassignment surgeries, and House Bill 1312, which would allow parents to opt their children out of any public school instruction in “sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.”
Then they passed a “Drop your drawers” bill to prove you are not trans.
HB 1205 would require public schools to determine a student’s biological gender by requesting the student produce a birth certificate. If that were not available, it would require the student to “provide other evidence indicating the student’s sex at the time of birth.”
Gee… how are they going to determine that? Suppose a student moves up their from Connecticut, our original birth certificates can be changed to show our true gender. Are they going to have everyone bring in your birth certificates or only those who look trans? And what will happen when they request a birth certificate from a cis-gendered girl? How will that make her feel?
Sen. Cindy Rosenwald argued that high school sports teams were meant to be about more than winning and losing.

“Sports teaches you lessons that are about how to be part of a group,” she said. “And (they) also teach you how to lose gracefully.”
That is something that I have been saying that sports teaches;   Team spirit, Leadership skills, Never give up, and Life long friendships. By not allowing trans students to play sports you are denying them from learning those skills!

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