Athletes oppose bathroom bill in Texas

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 15: Texas Lt. Govenor Dan Patrick speaks at a watch party for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on March 15, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Cruz is in a tight race with Donald Trump in the Missouri GOP primary, while Trump took Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois. Gov. John Kasich won his home state of Ohio. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Over 55 American athletes have signed an Athletes Ally open letter against the anti-trans bathroom bill in the Lone Star State. The open letter was signed by a number of people including sports stars affiliated to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). It was published a few days ago by the group promoting LGBT equality and inclusiveness in sports, and the letter was written with an aim to promote basic values liker respect and diversity. ““As members of the athletic community, we’re committed to upholding the very values that sport instills in each of us. Values like fair play, equality, inclusion and respect.We believe that everyone should be afforded the same access, opportunity, and experience both in sport and under the law,” the letter says emphasizing on the possible harm the bill may cause to all Texans, especially to trans ones. “This is why we’re joining together to speak out against Senate Bill 6 (SB6), and the dozen more anti-LGBT bills already filed, and the harm they would do to the state of Texas, to the transgender community, and to the sports, we have come to know and love,” the athletes wrote. Hudson Taylor, the Executive Director of Athlete Ally, said that the letter proves that all Texans “deserve equal respect and protection”. “The athletic community refuses to be sidelined while the state of Texas debates anti-transgender bills like SB6,” Taylor said. “Today, the athletic community made it clear that SB6 is counter to the values of sport, and that all Texans — regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — deserve equal respect and protection on the playing field, in the locker room, and under the law.”


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