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Transgender teen and LGBTQ advocates defend trans student-athletes and Equality Act on Capitol Hill
U.S. Senate Stella Keating, a transgender teenage girl from Washington State, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Equality Act. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee tackled the Equality Act for the first time in a three-hour hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday , with striking political and ideological fissures evident throughout the proceedings. It was a historic moment both for the movement in support of securing LGBTQ rights nationwide, and for the promotion of both homophobia and transphobia in the name of religion, fearmongering and discrimination.
Opponents’ main contention against the legislation, which would extend protections from the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity, centered on how the act would impact scholastic sports.
Republican members of the committee, many of them prominent anti-LGBTQ and pro-Trump voices , aggressively pursued the sports issue. In her testimony, noted anti-trans critic and author Abigail Shrier threw familiar and downright transphobic jabs right from the start of her opening statement. U.S. Senate Author Abigail Shrier testified against the Equality Act saying its passage would make society “less safe, less fair, and less inclusive for women and girls.” “If your daughter or granddaughter was the top high school tennis player […]