Big Sky Roundup

Bill limiting transgender athletic participation passes the house

By: - January 27, 2021 3:25 pm

House Bill 112, which would prohibit transgender women from participating on sports teams that align with their gender identity passed the house on a 61-38 vote Wednesday.

Opponents of the bill have been vocal and argue it would be detrimental to trans folks — a group that already sees higher rates of suicide — mental health and well-being. University Officials have also said, if passed, it could have financial repercussions if the NCAA pulls sporting events from the state like it did in North Carolina when it passed the “Bathroom Bill.”

Those in favor the bill argue it would bring fairness to women’s sports.

The bill was traveling through the legislature with HB 113 that would penalize doctors for providing gender-affirming care to trans youth. But the bill was voted down 51-49 on a third reading Tuesday.

John Fuller, R-Whitefish, attempted to bring back HB 113 for another third reading, but the move failed on a 46-53 vote. Fuller is the sponsor of both HB 112 and HB 113.

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Keith Schubert
Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert is a reporter for the Daily Montanan. Keith was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has worked at the St.Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and most recently, the Asbury Park Press, covering everything from local craft fairs to crime and courts to municipal government to the Minnesota state legislature. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams and exploring small businesses. He can be reached by text or call at 406-475-2954 .