Late last year, the Nebraska School Activities Association proposed a policy to require transgender students, who are transitioning from male to female, to have at least a year of hormone therapy. This resulted from concerns that a transgender female athlete might have an advantage over their biologically female opponents.
Late last year, the Nebraska School Activities Association proposed a policy to require transgender students, to have at least a year of hormone therapy. This resulted from concerns that a transgender female athlete might have an advantage over their biologically female opponents.
On Friday, January 8, about 100 people attended a protest against the proposed policy held outside the Nebraska State Capitol. It was organized by Bobbi (Robby) Dyas who feels that the NSAA’s requirements are too much.
“It already takes almost a year to get onto the drugs after you’ve been meeting with a therapist for almost a year to make sure you’re really trans. Then hormone treatments are really brutal to your body and to your brain and so forcing younger kids to decide that they want to transition is very unnecessary and most trans people don’t physically transition or get on hormone therapy so if you’re comfortable with it then you shouldn’t be forced into something that you’re not comfortable with,” Dyas said.
The transgender policy in Nebraska schools was passed on January 14 with a 6-2 vote. Transgender students are now required to submit a documentation of at least a year of hormone therapy or reassignment surgery prior to athletic participation.
Members of the American Civil Liberties Union disagree greatly with the policy. The ACLU sent a statement to the NSAA board, saying in part: “The action by the NSAA today creates one of the most exclusionary policies for transgender students in the country. In Nebraska, we shouldn’t be leaving students behind in the classroom or on the playing field.”
A similar policy is currently in the works with the NSAA. It is to require students to participate in athletics based on the gender on their birth certificate. Two thirds of the NSAA’s legislative districts voted in favor for it so the organization’s representative assembly will vote on it in April. If this policy passes, it will automatically override the original transgender athlete policy. What will the ultimate decision be?