Young woman with backpack and Trans Support Flag at a rally

Date:     March 16, 2021

To:          Senate Judiciary Committee

Statement of Women’s Rights and Gender Justice Organizations in Support of the Equality Act

We, the undersigned women’s rights and gender justice organizations, strongly endorse the Equality Act because advancing civil rights for LGBTQ people is critical to advancing women’s rights and gender justice. One reason the Equality Act is needed is to protect transgender girls and women, who face disproportionately high rates of sex-based discrimination—including sexual assault—which has devastating effects on their ability to stay and succeed in school. As courts and scientists overwhelmingly have stated, transgender girls and women are girls and women. Unfortunately, transgender girls’ and women’s participation in school sports consistent with their gender identity has become a cudgel used to attack the Act.

The Equality Act does not amend Title IX and its protections for women’s and girls’ athletics and would simply codify existing protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in accordance with Title IX, the reasoning in the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision, and President Biden’s January 20, 2021 executive order.

Girls and women who are transgender should have the same opportunities as girls and women who are cisgender to enjoy the educational benefits of sports, such as higher grades, higher graduation rates, and greater psychological well-being. These protections would be consistent with existing trans-inclusive athletics laws or policies in 24 states and DC that have already been in place for more than a decade and that have benefited all girls and women. Indeed, cisgender girls and women in these states have continued to enjoy opportunities to play and to win and have even participated in athletics at higher rates in many of these states after trans-inclusive policies or laws were adopted.

We strongly support the Equality Act and know that its passage would be a victory for all girls and women.

9to5 (Georgia)

AccessMatters

ACLU of South Dakota

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

American Civil Liberties Union

American Federation of Teachers

American Psychological Association

Black Women’s Health Imperative

Center for American Progress

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues

Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

End Rape On Campus

Enough is Enough Voter Project (California)

Equal Rights Advocates

Equality California

Every Voice Coalition

Faculty Against Rape

Feminist Majority Foundation

FORGE, Inc.

Futures Without Violence

Gender Equality Law Center (New York)

Gender Justice (Minnesota)

Girls for Gender Equity

Girls Inc.

GLAAD

GLSEN

Hardy G*rls Healthy Wom*n

Harvard Law School Gender Violence Program

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Illinois Accountability Initiative

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)

Ipas

It’s On Us

Japanese American Citizens League

Justice for Migrant Women

Know Your IX, a project of Advocates for Youth

KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change (New Mexico)

Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund

Mabel Wadsworth Center (Maine)

Mainers for Accountable Leadership

Maryland Women’s Heritage Center

Medical Students for Choice

Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence

MomsRising/MamásConPoder

NARAL Pro-Choice America

Nation Women’s Political Caucus

National Council of Jewish Women

National Council of Jewish Women – Greater New Orleans Section (Louisiana)

National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland (Ohio)

National Crittenton

National Education Association

National Employment Law Project

National Equality Action Team (NEAT)

National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund

National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

National Women’s Law Center

National Women’s Political Caucus

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

Network for Victim Recovery of DC

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Northern NJ NOW

Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network

People’s Parity Project

Physicians for Reproductive Health

Planned Parenthood Federation of America 

Positive Women’s Network-USA

Pride at Work

Public Justice

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Reproaction

Reproductive Health Access Project

SafeBAE

Silver State Equality-Nevada

Southwest Women’s Law Center (New Mexico)

The GenderCool Project

TIME’S UP Now

United State of Women

University Survivors Movement

URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

Women Employed (Illinois)

Women’s Law Project (Pennsylvania)

Women’s March

Women’s Medical Fund

Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (South Carolina)

Women’s Sports Foundation

YWCA Dayton (Ohio)

YWCA USA

Published On: March 16, 2021Associated Issues: LGBTQ EqualityWorkplace Justice
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