Organizations speak out against transgender athlete law

Several schools in the Eastern Iowa area have spoken out against the ‘Transgender Athlete Bill’ that Governor Reynolds signed into law Thursday afternoon.
Published: Mar. 3, 2022 at 2:45 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Several schools in the Eastern Iowa area, as well as, LGBTQ+ activist groups have spoken out against the ‘Transgender Athlete Bill’ that Governor Reynolds signed into law Thursday afternoon.

Becky Smith, Director of Iowa Safe Schools, a group that fights for safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ+ students, says she is disgusted by the acts of Governor Reynolds.

“We know this bill is going to put transgender students in even further risk of isolation, mental health issues, as well as even physical health issues,” said Smith. “Students are being singled out.”

Smith says Iowa Safe Schools reached out to the Governor on multiple occasions, hoping to share their side of the argument with her. They never received a response.

“No interest in meeting with students who this bill is actually going to impact, which I think is pretty telling,” said Smith.

On their website, Cedar Rapids School District posted “a message of support” with a picture of the transgender flag and the following statement:

“The Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) opposes HF2416 that prevents trans athletes from participating in high school sports.

CRCSD does not support any anti-LGBTQ+ laws. Our purpose is to serve and protect our LGBTQ+ youth, as every member of our CRCSD community is valued and respected regardless of gender identity.”

Iowa City Community School District released a message last week already in opposition to the bill:

“The Iowa City Community School District is strongly opposed to HF2416, a bill that attempts to prevent trans athletes from participating in high school, and in some cases, college and elementary school sports. We want to make clear our ongoing support for transgender students and student-athletes.

Our District has in place one of the most robust policies in the country to protect our LGBTQ+ youth. This proposed bill will not detract us from our commitment to ensure every member of our school community is valued and respected regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation. An attack on transgender students is an attack on civil rights.”

Multiple businesses have also spoken out in opposition to this law. This includes Iowa-based gas station chain Kum and Go.

Their CEO Tanner Krause (@TannerKrause) tweeted:

“I strongly oppose this anti-LGBTQ law. These kids deserve the right to play sports. We are sending the wrong message to the next-gen of Iowans & Americans. Iowa should be attracting people, not shutting them out. This shouldn’t even be an issue.”

Other businesses that have denounced this legislation include Amazon, General Mills, and Hilton Hotels.

Previously the NCAA has stated they would avoid hosting championships in states with similar legislation. KCRG reached out to the NCAA for comment and is still awaiting a response.

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