April 22, 2021

CONTACT: Mark McCormick, Director of Strategic Communications, 913-490-4113, [email protected]


From Nadine Johnson, Executive Director:

The ACLU of Kansas supports Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of Senate Bill 55 which limits the participation of trans athletes, and we urge legislators of conscience to hold the line and keep the veto in place.

As we have said from the moment legislators introduced this mean-spirited and anti-business bill, it would have cost the state dearly in litigation, repelled potentially lucrative business dealings, and most important, bullied and harmed innocent Kansas children.

In the most multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-racial Kansas ever, our state should be focused on ways to boost participation in sports and other extracurricular activities for all youth, rather than squandering much of the legislative session targeting trans youngsters around the state.

Our legislature created an issue where there was none.

We remain steadfast in our belief that this measure is unconstitutional and resolute in our intention to challenge any such bill today or in the future

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