Student Athlete Letter of Support

Stand Up for All of Arizona's Students

HB2706 is a bill going through the Arizona Legislature that would require Arizona schools to discriminate against some students - specifically against trans students. We know that Arizonans believe that all students and young people should have the same opportunity to succeed and learn the invaluable lessons that being a student athlete teach. 

You can sign on to the letter below, to take a stand for fairness for all Arizona student athletes.

Fairness for All Arizona Students

The 2020 legislative season across the country began with a coordinated attack on trans youth. Arizona is no exception. Last week, Senator Nancy Barto and Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy pushed through a bill that would require Arizona schools to discriminate against trans student athletes, HB2706.

 

As business and community leaders in Arizona, we know that sports teach children the focus, dedication, and leadership that will make them successful adults. If we want Arizona to thrive for decades to come, we must insist on fairness in Arizona schools so that every child can develop into the dedicated and focused leaders who will have the strength of character to lead our state into the future. 

 

This bill is not reflective of Arizona values. Arizonans of every walk of life know that when students have the opportunity to participate in school sports, they are more likely to develop the strength of character and the social connections that will make them successful adults. Playing sports provides student athletes with important lessons about leadership, self-discipline, success, and failure—as well as the joy and shared excitement of being part of a team. Every student that wants to compete and become a student athlete, should have the same opportunity to try out and make the team, if they work hard enough and earn it. To prevent talented student athletes from even having the opportunity to try out for a team is discriminatory and wrong. 

 

In Arizona we don’t tolerate adults bullying, picking on, and singling out children for harassment. To bully and harass children is wrong, shameful, and should not be accepted from our leaders or from special interest groups like the Center for Arizona Policy.

 

We believe that all children should be valued and have the same opportunity to achieve in our schools. Schools in Arizona and across the country know that transgender students, like any student, thrive when they are treated with dignity and have the same opportunities to achieve and succeed as cisgender students. It would be wrong and against our values as Arizonans for schools to force any student to identify with a gender that is not affirming of that student’s experience. To not treat trans girls and boys like the girls and boys they are would be deeply hurtful to the student and would disrupt the school’s policy of treating all kids fairly. 

 

Being excluded from sports can be devastating to already vulnerable transgender youth, given that sports can play an invaluable role in a students’ physical, social, and emotional well-being. Our laws should protect transgender youth, not encourage discrimination against them. 

 

We believe that all girls, all boys, and all students should be able to play sports in Arizona schools. Fairness is one of the most important values a child can learn from the adults in their lives. We will teach Arizona’s children that we believe in fairness for all people, by fighting for the right of every student to participate in the entire school day including sports.

 

We ask you, as Arizona state legislators, to vote against HB2706 and stand up for all Arizona students.

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Legislation Inclusive to LGBT People

Likelihood of Passing 2/10

This is a mirror bill to HB227, a best practices sex education guidance for all K-12 schools embedded with parental rights to review and excuse their child from any section of a curriculum. This opt-out model is inclusive of LGBT identities, contains trauma informed data to reduce sexual violence, and is designed to be suitable for grade levels according to the cognitive and emotional development of the class.

Prime Sponsor

Senator Victoria Steele

Likelihood of Passing 2/10

This is a mirror bill to SB1120, a best practices sex education guidance for all K-12 schools embedded with parental rights to review and excuse their child from any section of a curriculum. This opt-out model is inclusive of LGBT

identities, contains trauma informed data to reduce sexual violence, and is designed to be suitable for grade levels according to the cognitive and emotional development of the class.

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Representative Daniel Hernandez

Representatives Hernandez, Cano, Chávez

Fernandez, Longdon, Powers Hannley, Rodriguez

Likelihood of Passing 1/10

This bill is a precursor to a stakeholder created SB1120/HB2277. It also creates an opt-out learning environment and clarifies the definition of medically accurate as data verified by peer reviewed research.

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Representative Pamela Powers Hannley

Representatives Cano, Blanc, Fernandez

Likelihood of Passing 1/10

Compels health-care providers disclose to patients if they are unwilling to offer legal drugs or services within their scope of practice because it violates their religious beliefs.

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Representative Pamela Powers Hannley

Representatives Fernandez, Blanc

Likelihood of Passing 1/10

Ensures a death certificate would reflect a person’s gender identity and not an assigned sex at birth that contradicts their lived experience.

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Representative Rosanna Gabaldón

Representatives Rodriguez, Jermaine

Likelihood of Passing 1/10

Adds non-binary options to driver's licenses, giving residents who do not identify as exclusively masculine or feminine have apparently voiced the desire for an option that would better reflect the full spectrum of gender expression.

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Representative Rosanna Gabaldón

Representatives Rodriguez, Jermaine

Likelihood of Passing 3/10

This is a mirror bill to HB2716 Arizona is one of many states that does not protect employees from being fired, denied housing or refused service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill would update our non-discrimination laws to ensure that LGBTQ people are fairly treated and protected.

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Senator Kate Brophy McGee

Senators Bowie, Alston, Navarrete 

Likelihood of Passing 3/10

This is a mirror bill to SB1321 Arizona is one of many states that does not protect employees from being fired, denied housing or refused service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill would update our non-discrimination laws to ensure that LGBTQ people are fairly treated and protected.

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Representative Daniel Hernandez

Representatives Butler, Cano, Chávez, Jermaine, Lieberman, Meza, Teller

Likelihood of Passing 4/10

Creates a pathway for transgender and intersex Arizonans to have their sex changed on their birth certificate without medical proof of medically unnecessary sex reassignment surgery. Currently it is very difficult to seek legal recognition of a gender identity that is other than their indicated sex at birth. 

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Representative Isela Blanc

Representatives Andrade, Bolding, Butler, Cano, Chávez, DeGrazia, Engel, Epstein, Espinoza, Fernandez, Friese, Hernandez A, Hernandez D, Jermaine, Longdon, Meza, Powers Hannley, Rodriguez, Teller, Terán, Tsosie

Likelihood of Passing 2/10

This is a mirror bill to HB2707, that applies to those 18 and under. Conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions. There is no reliable evidence that sexual orientation can be changed and medical institutions warn that conversion therapy practices are dangerous and harmful.

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Senator Sean Bowie

Senators Brophy McGee, Navarrete

Likelihood of Passing 2/10

This is a mirror bill to SB1545, that applies to those 18 and under. Conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions. There is no reliable evidence that sexual orientation can be changed and medical institutions warn that conversion therapy practices are dangerous and harmful.

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Representative Cesar Chávez

Representatives Andrade, Cano, Epstein, Espinoza, Hernandez A,Hernandez D, Lieberman, Longdon, Meza, Rodriguez, Salman, Shah, Sierra, Teller, Terán

Legislation Discriminatory to LGBT People

Likelihood of Passing 1/10

Prohibits any state agency from listing someone’s gender as other than male or female, including driver’s licenses, state ID cards, and employee personnel records.

Prime Sponsor

Representative John Fillmore

Likelihood of Passing 1/10

Arizona currently requires proof of a mythical “sex-change operation” for changing a gender marker on birth certificates. This bill pre-empts any procedural changes to continue using only male or female markers.

Prime Sponsor

Representative John Fillmore

Likelihood of Passing 1/10

Requires schools to dismiss a student’s gender identity with respect to pronouns.

Prime Sponsor

Representative John Fillmore

Likelihood of Passing 1/10

Freezes sex education until sixth grade in both district and charter schools. Mandates curriculum to promote, honor, and respect monogamous marriage. Emphasizes biological sex in health instruction and omits gender identity.

Prime Sponsor

Representative John Fillmore

Likelihood of Passing 1/10

Freezes sex education until fifth grade in both district and charter schools. Threatens schools with expensive lawsuits from parents for informing youth about health education and crimes against children. Eliminates HIV/AIDS instruction until fifth grade.

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Representative Leo Biasiucci

Representatives Lawrence, Barto, Blackman, Bolick, Bowers, Cobb, Finchem, Griffin, Nutt, Payne, Pierce, Roberts, Townsend, Borrelli, Gowan

Likelihood of Passing 4/10

Designed to ban transgender girls off of high school and college sports teams. Creates a legal shield for people who report suspicion of transgender athletes in sports, and permits lawsuits against those suspected of being trans.

Prime Sponsor

Co-Sponsors

Representative Nancy Barto

Representatives Nutt, Biasiucci, Blackman, Bolick, Cobb, Dunn, Fillmore, Finchem, Grantham, Griffin, Kavanagh, Lawrence, Osborne, Payne, Petersen, Pierce, Rivero, Roberts, Thorpe, Toma, Townsend, Weninger

Likelihood of Passing 0/10

Freezes sex education until seventh grade in both district and charter schools. Threatens schools with expensive lawsuits from parents for informing youth about health education and crimes against children. 

Prime Sponsor

Senator Sylvia Allen