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The Minnesota Family Council, the state’s oldest anti-LGBT group, has launched a campaign to convince legislators to repeal the Minnesota State High School League’s transgender-inclusive high school athletics policy. MFC’s action follow those of the Minnesota Child Protection League which launched a petition to legislators last week.

The Minnesota Family Council is targeting not only the Minnesota State High School League policy that passed last winter and allows transgender students to participate in athletics based on their gender, but the Council is also targeting a gender-inclusion policy being considered by St. Paul Public Schools.

The group is asking its members to send a letter to legislators to pass a law that would negate both policies:

Dear [Decision Maker],
As I’m sure you are aware, the Minnesota State High School League passed a transgender student athlete policy in December, effective Fall 2015.

In the wake of that, St. Paul Public Schools is also considering an even broader transgender policy. These types of policies are a growing trend in Minnesota and nationwide.
I’m writing to request that as an elected official, you take action to protect all students’, both transgender and nontransgender, basic privacy and safety rights.

All students have the right to their physical privacy and safety being protected while they are at school. It is important that members of one biological sex know that they are free to go to the bathroom or change clothes without encountering someone else of the opposite biological sex.

Our schools already do a great job of addressing individual student needs. Schools are already well equipped to address the different needs of some students struggling with gender identity without violating the privacy rights of ALL students by mixing sexes in intimate settings.

Likewise, it is important that girls be able to compete fairly and safely only against other girls on female athletic teams. That’s why we have female only teams for student athletes in MN in the first place.

Please pass a bill to protect students’ basic physical privacy and safety rights, and to protect the integrity of our female teams.

MFC has created a new section of its website devoted to the transgender-inclusive policy.

The Council has also created a True and False section on its website that claims that transgender-inclusive policies actually harm transgender youth:

“‘Transgender policies’ actually give students struggling with their gender identity rights above and beyond everyone else, ultimately harming everyone, including them,” one section reads.

Here’s the full email:

Download (PDF, 696KB)

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Andy Birkey
Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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