The ACLU of Kansas stands strongly opposed to HB 2238 and urges you to not vote this bill out of committee. While this bill purports to be about protecting women’s sports, its adoption would have the opposite effect—opening girls and women up to unnecessary scrutiny and potentially invasive examinations just to be able to play sports and banning transgender girls and young women from participating in sports as their true selves. Proponents of HB 2238 will say that this bill is about fairness, alleging it will protect cisgender (i.e., non-transgender) girls and women from losing out on trophies, titles, and athletic scholarships—but in the three years since the Kansas legislature first introduced a bill similar to HB 2238, there has been no evidence of trans girls or women dominating in any Kansas sports.
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