Indiana poised to override Governor’s veto of bill banning transgender girls from school sports

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Earlier this spring, Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed a GOP-authored bill banning transgender girls from school sports. Now, Holcomb’s own party is poised to override the veto and force the bill into law next week.
Chris Paulsen, CEO of Indiana Youth Group, said her organization has resources for transgender teens who may be facing mental-health difficulties because of the bill and its surrounding political rhetoric, including one-on-one counseling and peer-to-peer support groups.
“They can choose which group they feel comfortable in,” Paulsen explained. “We have a trans and nonbinary discussion group, we have a queer and trans people-of-color group, and then there’s groups that just allow youths to relax and feel good about themselves.”
Republican leaders say they will use next Tuesday’s Technical Corrections Day to override Holcomb’s veto. According to its authors, the bill aims to guarantee fair play in school sports.
In his veto message, Holcomb pushed back against the assertion, essentially writing the bill was attempting to address a nonexistent issue and could open the state to lawsuits.
Indiana’s bill is part of a nationwide wave of such measures, as 16 states have enacted laws banning trans students from sports.
Paulsen pointed to data from the Trevor Project indicating even the introduction of such bills can have serious impacts on trans kids’ mental health.
“Statistics say that 85% of trans and nonbinary teens will be negatively impacted by just the bill being heard, and we’re seeing that,” Paulsen pointed out. “We’re trying to support those youths by letting them know they are valued, and their identities are real, and we see them as they are.”
While the Indiana Youth Group is based in Indianapolis, Paulsen said the organization provides remote support to students across the state via its Virtual IYG program.

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Thomas Hryck May 24, 2022 at 8:17 am

Good, I’m glad common sense will prevail. How people want to be identified, dress, pretend to be is fine. But men have an advantage in most sports. People want equal rights, where are the women on this? I don’t care about what people say, human men cannot get pregnant, PERIOD. If I and wrong, simply prove me wrong?

Charles U Farley May 24, 2022 at 10:35 am

What about the mental health of the actual female athletes being forced to compete with delusional boys? Why doesn’t Chris Paulsen care about them? Don’t they matter too?

All this time focusing on 1% of the population, and ignoring the needs of 50% of it. It’s idiotic.

Wanna start a trans league? GREAT! But stop blaming women’s sports for the poor mental health of people who are too confused to know what sex they are.

Lesco+Brandon May 24, 2022 at 12:16 pm

It is time for Holcomb the Rhino to GO!!! This guy is more of a Demirat than most politicians with a (D) next to their name. He is the typical swamp republican that we deal with in DC and just wait till his “global business” expo happens in Indy this month. He is a plague to this state and needs to be removed, please look at Casey Hendrickson’s show prep from yesterday’s show for more information.
VOTE RAINWATER for Governor !

Charles U Farley May 24, 2022 at 9:08 pm

RINO Holcomb is currently in Davos at the World Economic Forum, plotting with the globalists on the best way to sell us out. Topics for today included reigning in free speech and getting us to eat the bugs, as they dined on a fancy lunch with lots of meat offerings and nary a bug in sight…


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