We had a very busy day today at the NC General Assembly!
For three years, NC Values has been working on legislation that would protect school girls from being forced to compete in sports against transgenders who are biological males.
Today, we are excited to share with you that the NC House passed—and the NC Senate advanced—our “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” (HB 574, SB 631).
The “Fairness in Women’s Sports” bill protects females from being forced to play against biological males on sports teams, which can leave females with injuries and cheats them out of equal opportunities. At the General Assembly we were joined by sponsors of the bill, and Riley Gaines, the Stand with Women Spokeswoman for Independent Women’s Forum. Riley is a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky, where she was a 12x All-American swimmer. She has been lately featured across the news for her work advocating for fairness in women’s sports after she experienced firsthand competing against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas. We were also joined by high school senior Payton McNabb who was injured by a trans identifying male last fall in a volleyball game at her high school in Murphy, NC., former UNC Women’s Basketball Coach and Hall of Famer Sylvia Hatchell, and former ACC referee and supervisor of referees, Judy Stroud. Finally, Idaho legislator Barbara Ehardt shared her expertise as the founder of the Save Women’s Sports movement.
We wanted to express our deepest thanks for everything you did to contact your legislators and ask them to vote for the bill. They heard you!
Thanks to the work of bill sponsorsRepresentatives Jennifer Balkcom, Erin Pare, Kristin Baker and Senators Kevin Corbin, Vickie Sawyer, Joyce Krawiec, and many others, the bill now heads to the Senate tomorrow.
If you support the hard work NC Values is doing getting pro-values bills like this one passed, would you consider becoming a monthly supporter, or making a needed one-time donation today?
Tami & Team,