Here We Go: Advocate Lieberman says new legislation threatens transgender athletes

In a month known for celebrating diversity and Pride, the LGBTQ community has reason to feel threatened, said Anne Lieberman, director of policy and programs for Athlete Ally, a group that advocates for equality in sports, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

“This has been the worst legislative session in history for LGBTQ+ Americans,” Lieberman said. “We’re looking at over 300 bills, targeting LGBTQIA+ plus people, and a third of those have been targeting trans youth.”

During Yahoo’s “Pride Evolution,” a one-hour discussion on the celebration of Pride, Lieberman spoke about how the legislative proposals are more of the same anti-trans rhetoric that comes up again and again.

“When we look at these bills, this is really just the conversation we had in 2015, 2016, about bathrooms all over again, but in a different form,” she said. “And that is the sports field.”

She called the legislation “absolutely heartbreaking,” noting that nine states have passed bills to ban youth from playing sports with their friends.

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports – Lindsay Martell

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