Record Year for Anti-Trans Legislation

Nicole Powichroski

Fights for human rights have been ongoing for centuries. Every minority community has had their fight for different legislation to help protect or simply obtain a better life. Specifically, the transgender community has been fighting for simply equal rights for years. Not even halfway done with the year, 2021 has been a record-breaking year for anti-trans legislation. 117 new bills have been passed allowing for discrimination against the transgender community.

The topic of transgender youths in sports has caused recent uproar in the past few months. The conversation circles around people being upset that biological females and males can participate in men and women’s sports if they identify with the other gender. Participating in sports and being transgender requires more than identifying as another gender. Being on testosterone or hormones is usually required to be considered transgender. 

One of the other very impactful legislations for minors is a ban on gender-affirming healthcare for minors. This not only refers to gender reassignment surgery but the ability to be on hormones or testosterone. The justification behind these bills are in case someone “changes their mind later,” when in fact testosterone and hormones are incredibly reversible. These bans force minors to not even be given the opportunity to feel comfortable in their gender identity.

Bills have also been passed in a few states forcing trans individuals to be referred to by their assigned sex at school, not being able to changer their stated gender on ID, and other identification restrictions. This could be very detrimental to the mental health of trans youth who are already struggling with their gender identity. These youth are going to school often as a place to escape but are now faced with even more struggle with those around them not accepting them for who they are. 

Every Anti-Trans Bill US Lawmakers Introduced This Year

We asked a transgender freshman at Roswell who plays on a club sports team about this matter. He is masculine passing and wants to keep his identity as male, but was still willing to answer questions. “I have been fortunate enough to be able to be in a supportive environment with my team and family members, as well as an incredibly understanding board of parents who have allowed me to be on the men’s team with no question. I do fear what some of those legislations will mean for me in the future, which is upsetting to fear for my future. As of right now, those legislations have not been able to affect me greatly but people around me obviously make their comments, which has affected me more.  I have gotten my fair share of stares and questions going into men’s restrooms. I think I’m more masculine passing and fool most people and I’m nervous to know how I would be viewed differently if I was very public about it. Even if people assume, I want to come out publicly on my own time.”