The NCAA promised it would protect transgender athletes. Instead, they’re breaking that promise and planning to bring softball games to Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee — all of which banned trans kids from playing sports this year.
The NCAA should be ashamed of themselves for violating their own policy by choosing to hold championships in states that are not healthy, safe, or free from discrimination for their athletes. It also undermines their commitment to transgender participation in NCAA events, for which they have had an inclusive policy for years.
While we have remained hopeful about the NCAA stepping up to the plate and taking action like they have done in the past, they are wilfully ignoring that commitment this time, despite repeated attempts by the Human Rights Campaign and others to communicate the harsh and harmful negative impacts of this legislation, which is not just pending but enacted into law in seven states. Their words will not stop discrimination, only actions to deliver real consequences to states that dare to discriminate.
The NCAA must face scrutiny and public pressure to do the right thing. Empty statements do nothing to protect transgender people from harm. We need actions delivering real consequences to states that dare to discriminate.
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