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Transgender Bills In Texas And Louisiana Pending

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TRANSGENDER   BILLS -  Legislation in Texas that would’ve prevented  transgender students from competing on school sports teams that align with their gender identity has stalled.  Senate Bill 29 failed to make it out of the Texas House Public Education Committee.   Several Democrats blasted the Republican-backed measure.  75th District State Representative Mary González  described the bill as a solution in search of a problem.

​ "We don't need this piece of legislation,” Gonzalez said. “The consequences of this legislation could literally off the rails, and that's not going to be helpful to the House, to the future, and most importantly to kids."            

A number of states are considering or have passed  GOP measures  that  restrict transgender athletes.  One of those states is Louisiana.   State Rep. Beryl Amedée of Houma explained  the  purpose  of  her  House  Bill 542.   

Credit Courtesy: La. House of Representatives
Courtesy: La. House of Representatives
Rep. Beryl Amedée  (R) Houma, LA

This bill does not prohibit anyone from participating in athletic events," Amedée explained. "It only requires that if you're going to participate on a team that's designated for females that you be biologically female."

Those who testified against the legislation   said  the bill’s  passage would only serve to marginalize  transgender youth.  Dr. Nithya Ravidran, a Child Psychiatrist from Tulane  said it could possibly cause even more harm.

"All gender identities and expressions are not inherently pathological but discrimination and stigma against trans-kids places them at higher risk of mental illness and suicide."Ravidran explained.

Credit Courtesy: Tulane University
Courtesy: Tulane University
Dr. Nithya Ravindran, Psychiatrist - Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s position on the matter is for student athletes to  compete  in  the  gender of their birth certificate  unless they have undergone sex reassignment.   The Louisiana House Education Committee  voted  5  for  and 6  against  Amedee’s bill, refusing to advance the measure to the full House.  But another similar bill Senate Bill 156  cleared  the Senate yesterday by a 29 -6 vote with four Democrats joining Republicans in support.   That  measure is likely to go to the same House Committee  that rejected Amedee’s bill..  Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards said he opposes legislation  that targets transgender youth.   Thirty-one state assemblies across the nation are considering similar legislation to exclude transgender youth from school athletics. Three of those bills – in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas – have been approved and signed into law,  Arkansas also has also become the first state to outlaw gender-affirming treatment for trans youth.     


Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.