Local parents and activists protest against Hempfield’s trans athlete proposal

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Proposal would force student-athletes to play on teams based on their sex at birth

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — Dozens of parents and activists rallied outside the Hempfield School District administration building in support of trans students. The Hempfield School Board is currently studying a proposal that would require student-athletes to play on teams based on their sex at birth.

“It concerns me not only as a parent, but also as a member of the community,” said Christine Brown.

Brown is a retired school counselor from the Hempfield School District. She says the policy would cause significant harm to transgender students in the school district.

“Statistics show how high the suicide rate is for trans kids who are just born, let alone being left out in situations in their school or community,” Brown said.

The proposal was discussed at two previous school board meetings, where board members indicated their support. Several parents have also expressed their support for the plan.

“Voting yes for (the proposal) is a big step in the right direction,” a parent said at a meeting in May 2022.

“I want to thank the board members who have shown their determination to protect the integrity of women’s sport,” said another parent in favor of the proposal at the same meeting.

Jean Pretz says the Hempfield School Board should think long and hard before voting for the proposal.

“The taxpayers of Hempfield are going to be facing a lot of lawsuits trying to defend something that isn’t even fair and doesn’t even pose a great threat to our communities,” Pretz explained. “Let them compete on the team that matches what they perceive to be their gender identity.”

The council is expected to vote on the policy on July 12.

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