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Critics: Kansas bill on trans athletes will cause bullying

Kansas state Rep. Stephanie Byers, D-Wichita, speaks to reporters following a hearing on a bill...
Kansas state Rep. Stephanie Byers, D-Wichita, speaks to reporters following a hearing on a bill that would bar transgender athletes from competing in girls' and women's sports in K-12 schools and colleges, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Byers is the first transgender member of the Legislature and opposes the bill. (AP Photo/John Hanna)(John Hanna | AP)
Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 6:59 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - LGBTQ-rights advocates are warning Kansas legislators that their discussion of a proposed ban on transgender students in girls’ and women’s school sports will lead to bullying.

The American Civil Liberties Union promised Tuesday to sue the state if such a law is enacted. The state Senate Education Committee had a hearing on a bill backed by some athletes, Republican lawmakers and conservative groups.

Supporters portrayed the bill as an attempt to ensure that girls and women aren’t deprived of scholarships and other opportunities in sports. But critics say even having a hearing tells transgender students that they’re not wanted and could encourage harassment.

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