With SB29, Republicans Attack Children In New All-Time Low
AUSTIN, Texas — In truly a new low, Republicans are trying to distract from their obscene incompetence by attacking a new target: children.
Today, the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee is set to hear Republicans’ Senate Bill 29, a disgusting bill designed to stop trans kids from getting to simply be kids. SB29 would ban trans kids from playing sports on school teams that match their gender identities. This would exclude kids from the myriad benefits of group sports — from health benefits, to athletic and social development, to making friends and being part of a team. Advocates also warn this would allow anyone to accuse and humiliate children by telling them they don’t belong — running the risk of subjecting kids to invasive privacy violations.
SB29 is a cruel followup to Texas Republicans’ notorious ‘bathroom bill,’ and the latest chapter in Republicans’ attacks on trans Texans. Further, trying to exclude transgender girls in particular from sports hurts girls’ athletics overall. This bill is another reminder that Republicans are more focused on putting Texans in danger and stripping communities of their rights than addressing the issues that actually matter to Texans.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Texas Republicans are at it again. In their continued attempts to distract from their abject failures to accomplish anything positive for Texans, Republicans are now attacking children, in what must be an all-time low for the struggling Texas GOP. Not one child benefits from Texas Republicans’ anti-trans Senate Bill 29, and no child deserves to be put through the invasive, privacy-violating tests this bill will encourage. All children deserve to participate and play with their peers.
“If Republicans in power spent even a tenth of their time keeping Texans safe, instead of attacking our communities, imagine how much better off our state would be. Trans rights are human rights. Texans deserve better.”