Civil Rights Groups Reject Bigoted Policies, Call for Full Inclusion of Transgender Students

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WASHINGTON – As the nation celebrates the start of LGBTQ Pride Month, 60 national civil and human rights organizations today declared their support for transgender students and decried discriminatory state proposals that would harm both cisgender and transgender girls and women. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and partners penned an open letter calling for the full inclusion of transgender students in educational opportunities, including extracurricular activities such as athletics.

“As organizations that care deeply about ending sex-based discrimination and ensuring equal access to athletics for girls and women, we support laws and policies that protect transgender people from discrimination, including participation in sports, and reject the suggestion that girls and women who are cisgender benefit from the exclusion of girls and women who are transgender. We firmly believe that an attack on transgender students is an attack on civil rights,” the groups wrote. 

The letter also urges state leaders to prioritize closing gender and racial disparities in athletic opportunities and participation and to reject the deeply discriminatory state bills that only harm girls and women in sports.

The full open letter can be found here

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