July 23, 2021

Iowa Legislature Fails to Pass Bill Limiting Transgender Athletes


The Iowa Legislature suspended its 2021 session Wednesday night without passing limits on the ability of transgender girls and women to compete in women’s and women’s athletics, despite Gov. Kim Reynolds’s push for such legislation this year.

Reynolds, a Republican, said during a Fox News town hall on April 29 that we are working on legislation on the issue and that she hoped to have it on her desk by the end of the session.

I’m going to do what’s right for girls, she said during town hall.

Although the leadership of the Iowa House of Representatives had recognized that the potential of a bill was kept alive when the Republican leaders of the Legislature entered the final negotiations of the session, no bill emerged before the close of the session. session.

I have told you several times that we are working on it, said House Speaker Pat Grassley shortly after the suspension. We just had our agenda and many more things on our plate to sort out the last part of the session and I don’t think we ever got to a point where everyone was comfortable with what it would look like right now. Please comment after the legislature is raised just before midnight.

Iowa LGBTQ advocacy groups said the effort would have been discriminatory and that using any last-second maneuver to get through would prevent those affected from providing information. Iowa transsexuals and their allies said that even the discussion Reynolds started was hurtful, even if nothing happened.

Safe Schools Iowa Executive Director Becky Ritland said in a statement Wednesday night that she was glad the Legislature failed to act.

We are happy to see that the Iowa Legislature saw this completely transparent attack on transgender children, she said. This legislation would have wreaked havoc on the Iowa economy while segregating innocent youth, all in the name of a problem that has never occurred in the state of Iowa.

An Iowa CEO, Courtney Reyes, said she saw other victories, too.

“We’ve seen a historic anti-LGBTQ bill and we know that their role has had a significant impact even though they failed to advance,” Reggie said. But despite all these challenges and Miss Mrs, no law has been passed directly directed at LGBTQ people, and it deserves praise.