Idaho Governor Signs Anti-Transgender Student Sports Ban Into Law

March 31, 2020 • 9:06 am

Local advocates to hold virtual press conference at 1pm EST/11am MST

BOISE – Last night Idaho Governor Brad Little signed HB 500 into law, making Idaho the first state in the nation to pass an anti-transgender law in 2020. The law bans transgender students from participating in sports at school.

Kasey Suffredini, CEO and national campaign director of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement in response to the news:

“At a time when our nation is in the middle of a pandemic, politicians need to stop attacking vulnerable youth and start helping them. Our economy is in chaos and people are dying. State leaders need to focus on what really matters – containing the virus, increasing testing, bolstering the economy, helping families, and ensuring children can learn from home. Passing laws designed to hurt transgender youth is hurtful, offensive, and dangerous. Freedom for All Americans is committed to continue working with our national and local partners to remedy this wrong.”

Freedom for All Americans joined more than 50 national, regional and state organizations urging the governor to veto the bill. The Idaho attorney general issued an opinion stating that the bill could be “constitutionally problematic” and “likely vulnerable to a court challenge.” Five other past attorneys general also sent a letter to the governor agreeing that he should veto it.

HB 500 was one of dozens of bills filed in dozens of different states in 2020 aimed at banning transgender youth from playing on school sports teams. No anti-transgender bill in any other state has become law this year.

In addition, Governor Little allowed HB 509 to become law, which makes it illegal for transgender people to change gender markers on their Idaho birth certificates.

In response to the news and to discuss next steps, advocates will host a virtual press conference today at 1pm EST / 11am MST.

WHO:

  • Kathy Griesmyer (she/her), Policy Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho
  • Jennifer Martinez, (she/her), Temporary Campaign Manager, ACLU of Idaho.
  • Lindsay Cox (she/her), transgender athlete and recent high school graduate in Idaho
  • Chase Strangio (he/they), Deputy Director for Trans Justice, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 11 a.m. MT/ 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Video briefing (via Zoom): https://aclu.zoom.us/j/257239589
For audio only:
Dial-in:  +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 257 239 589
One-touch mobile: +16465588656,,257239589#

Both the video and audio from this briefing will be recorded.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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