Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Signs Transgender Sports Bill


A controversial bill is now Iowa’s newest law, creating a new divide in school sports. The law prohibits transgender girls and women from playing on designated women’s teams. The governor calls it a “big win,” but some say it’s unfair. Those against the new law say it’s the complete opposite of a “great victory.” Many organizations that have taken a stand against the ban call Thursday “one of the toughest” of their careers. With a few quick sign-offs, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds endorses what she calls a “victory” for women’s sports. “Students who are girls according to their birth certificate will be eligible to compete in women’s sports. Nothing could be simpler or more common sense,” Governor Reynolds said. She says Biological men have inherent physical advantages. She thinks it gives transgender women an unfair advantage in women’s sports. A student-athlete from Iowa supported the governor’s decision. much more than a hormonal level, that the things girls love are worth protecting and that their hard work and dedication is recognized,” said Ainsley Erzen. The ACLU of Iowa and LGBTQ support group “One Iowa” say the message they’re getting is that Governor Reynolds doesn’t care about transgender youth. “This is a cruel, harmful and unnecessary law that really does little but isolates and hurts already vulnerable kids in Iowa, trans kids who want nothing more than to play sports with on teams at home. ‘school,’ ACLU of Iowa Executive Director Mark Stringer said. ‘So here we have an antidote, one of the very few antidotes we have to the kind of stress that transgender kids go through on a daily basis. And yet, now the Iowa government has taken that away from them,” said Keenan Crow, director of policy and advocacy at One Iowa. As for what’s happening now, Keenan Crow says they can’t promise any litigation because they don’t have lawyers on staff, but they expect to see legal action. As for their message for transgender girls and women: “I would say you are loved. You are supported. There is a community that is there for you. We care about you and we see you for who you are,” Crow said. KETV NewsWatch 7 reached out to the Council Bluffs Community School District for a statement on the new law, a spokesperson said, “As As a school district, we adhere to all laws and stated requirements.”

A controversial bill is now Iowa’s newest law, creating a new divide in school sports.

The law prohibits transgender girls and women from playing on designated women’s teams.

The governor calls it a “big win,” but some say it’s unfair.

Those who oppose the new law say it’s the opposite of a “great victory.”

Many organizations that have taken a stand against the ban call Thursday “one of the toughest” of their careers.

With a few quick sign-ins, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds endorses what she calls a “victory” for women’s sports.

“Students who are female according to their birth certificate will be eligible to compete in women’s sports. Nothing could be simpler or more logical,” Governor Reynolds said.

She says biological males have inherent physical advantages.

She thinks it gives transgender women an unfair advantage in women’s sports.

A student-athlete from Iowa supported the governor’s decision.

“A message that girls today so rarely hear the message that women are so much more than a hormonal level, that the things girls love are worth protecting, and that their hard work and dedication are recognised,” said Ainsley Erzen.

The ACLU of Iowa and LGBTQ support group “One Iowa” say the message they’re getting is that Governor Reynolds doesn’t care about transgender youth.

“This is a cruel, harmful and unnecessary law that really does little but isolates and harms already vulnerable children in Iowa, trans kids who want nothing more than to play sports with teams at school,” said ACLU of Iowa Executive Director Marc Stringer.

“So here we have an antidote, one of the very few antidotes we have to the kind of stress that transgender children go through on a daily basis. And yet now the Iowa government has taken that away from them,” said Keenan Crow, director of policy and advocacy at One Iowa.

As for what happens now, Keenan Crow says they can’t promise any litigation as they don’t have attorneys on staff, but they expect to see legal action.

As for their message for transgender girls and women:

“I would say you are loved. You are supported. There is a community that is there for you. We care about you and we see you for who you are,” Crow said.

KETV NewsWatch 7 has contacted Council Bluffs Community School District for a statement on the new law, a spokesperson said: “As a school district, we adhere to all stated laws and requirements.”


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