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Bill that would ban transgender girls from playing on girls sports teams passes House committee

Karyn Czar

A House Bill that would prevent transgender girls from participating on girls’ sports teams beyond the fifth grade has moved forward. WUKY’s Karyn Czar reports from Frankfort.

Carol Branzon testified in support of HB 23. She’s been a high school girls and boys swim coach and a middle school football team conditioning coach. Branzon says allowing trans girls to participate on girls’ teams creates an unfair advantage.

But 12-year old Cedar Wells who is transgender and plays on her middle school’s girls’ field hockey team testified last week against a similar bill in a Senate Committee returned to ask this group of lawmakers to vote against HB 23

And Wells says she may have been born male, but she is far from advantaged when it comes to playing sports.

Mirroring the Senate, the legislation moved forward in the House. The difference between the two bills is that HB 23 does not include K-5.