Civil Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Bigoted Anti-Trans Legislation, Calls for Inclusion and Nondiscrimination for All Students

Education News 04.19,23

Contact: Mattie Goldman, [email protected]

WASHINGTON Liz King, senior director of the education equity program at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement condemning attacks on the rights of transgender, nonbinary, and intersex students: 

“The latest in a spate of harmful bills at the national and local levels, H.R. 734, the so-called Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023, is an attack on students who are transgender, nonbinary, or intersex. Instead of taking any action to address the indefensible barriers to equal opportunity in athletics, this bill harms women and girls and undermines civil rights for all students. Cynically misrepresenting harm as help, discrimination as respect, and injustice as fairness is shameful — and we will not be fooled. Our nation’s children deserve so much better than what this bill represents. We will continue to fight for all students and their right to learn, play, and thrive.” 

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, joined by 187 civil and human rights organizations, sent a letter to Congress strongly opposing H.R. 734. The Leadership Conference will include a vote on H.R. 734 in our annual voting record.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit