Read This to Help Trans Kids in Florida

Florida has considered FOUR anti-trans bills. I’ll go through each of them here.

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**This article is accurate as of 5/30/2021**

To find your Florida State House Representative, look here:

To find your Florida State Senate Representative, look here:

Of greatest urgency currently is FL S1028, which has currently PASSED both the state house and senate, and only awaits a signature from the Governor.

This bill has a great number of parts, but of interest to us specifically is section 12 of this bill, which reads:

Section 12. Section 1006.205, Florida Statutes, is created to read:

1006.205 Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. —

(1) SHORT TITLE. — This section may be cited as the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.”

(2) LEGISLATIVE INTENT AND FINDINGS. —

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to maintain opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their strength, skills, and athletic abilities and to provide them with opportunities to obtain recognition and accolades, college scholarships, and the numerous other long-term benefits that result from participating and competing in athletic endeavors.

(b) The Legislature finds that maintaining the fairness for women athletic opportunities is an important state interest. The Legislature finds that requiring the designation of separate sex-specific athletic teams or sports is necessary to maintain fairness for women’s athletic opportunities.

(3) DESIGNATION OF ATHLETIC TEAMS OR SPORTS. —

(a) Interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by a public secondary school or public postsecondary institution must be expressly designated as one of the following based on the biological sex at birth of team members:

1. Males, men, or boys;

2. Females, women, or girls; or

3. Coed or mixed, including both males and females.

(b) Athletic teams or sports designated for males, men, or boys may be open to students of the female sex.

© Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls may not be open to students of the male sex.

(d) For purposes of this section, a statement of a student’s biological sex on the student’s official birth certificate is considered to have correctly stated the student’s biological sex at birth if the statement was filed at or near the time of the student’s birth.

(4) CAUSE OF ACTION; CIVIL REMEDIES. —

(a) Any student who is deprived of an athletic opportunity or suffers any direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this section shall have a private cause of action for injunctive relief, damages, and any other relief available under law against the school or public postsecondary institution.

(b) Any student who is subject to retaliation or other adverse action by a school, public postsecondary institution, or athletic association or organization as a result of reporting a violation of this section to an employee or representative of the school, institution, or athletic association or organization, or to any state or federal agency with oversight of schools or public postsecondary institutions in the state, shall have a private cause of action for injunctive relief, damages, and any other relief available under law against the school, institution, or athletic association or organization.

©Any school or public postsecondary institution that suffers any direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this section shall have a private cause of action for injunctive relief, damages, and any other relief available under law against the governmental entity, licensing or accrediting organization, or athletic association or organization.

(d) All civil actions brought under this section must be initiated within 2 years after the alleged harm occurred. Persons or organizations who prevail on a claim brought under this section shall be entitled to monetary damages, including for any psychological, emotional, or physical harm suffered, reasonable attorney fees and costs, and any other appropriate relief.”

This is word-for-word nearly identical to other anti-trans sports bills being pushed currently in the United States, and now only awaits a Governor’s approval before being passed into law.

PLEASE contact Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor HERE to urge him to VETO this bill, which will cause irreparable harm to trans children:

This bill was sponsored by Travis Hutson and Manny Diaz. Please remember their sponsorship of this bill when they are up for reelection.

FL S2012 was an anti-trans sports bill that has thankfully died in committee and is no longer a threat.

Kelli Stargel was the sole sponsor of this bill. Please remember her sponsorship when she is up for reelection.

FL H1475 was an anti-trans sports bill that has thankfully died in committee and is no longer a threat.

The sponsors of this bill were as follows: Kaylee Tuck, Thad Altman, Robert Andrade, J. David Borrero, Adam Botana, Cord Byrd, Juan Fernandez-Barquin, Randall Fine, Jason Fischer, Mike Giallombardo, Tommy Gregory, Joseph Harding, Christopher Latvala, Lauren Mello, Jenna Persons, Spencer Roach, Anthony Sabatini and Clay Yarborough.

Please remember their sponsorship of this bill when they are up for reelection.

FL H0935, the most vile bill of them all, which sought to create criminal penalties for health practitioners who gave trans-affirming medical care to minors, INCLUDING PUBERTY BLOCKERS, has thankfully died in committee and is no longer a threat.

This bill was sponsored by Anthony Sabatini, Melony Bell and Brett Hage. Please remember their support of this violent and eugenicist bill when they are up for reelection.

I am a disabled binary trans man who primarily writes about feminism, queer history, trans issues, science communication, healthy masculinity and public health.

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