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ADVOCACY
NRPA has directed some
of its advocacy resources
to complement the work of
local civil rights organizations
that are working to overturn
unjust laws.
Why We Support Transgender
Inclusion in Youth Sports
By Elvis Cordova
N
RPA is deeply committed to ensuring that all people have
fair and just access to high-quality local parks and recreation.
That is why when the state of Tennessee enacted a rash of
anti-LGBTQ+ laws earlier this summer, we had a decision to
make. The 2021 NRPA Annual Conference - a national gathering of park
and recreation professionals from across the country - was set to take
place in Nashville, Tennessee, at the end of September.
These newly enacted discriminatory
laws - including SB 228,
SB 1229, HB 1182, HB 1027 and
HB 1233 - stand in direct opposition
to NRPA's values of equity
and inclusion by cruelly harming
an already marginalized community
and promoting the exclusion
of some children from enjoying
the myriad benefits of public recreation
spaces and programs.
Our initial thought was to move
our conference to a state without
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discriminatory laws. However, this
action would only further harm
Tennesseans already negatively impacted
by this legislative decision
through no fault of their own, and
also would not solve the root cause
of
discrimination.
Instead, we
channeled our efforts into publicly
standing with the LGBTQ+ community
by making a public statement
to affirm, unequivocally, that
legislation seeking to discriminate
and marginalize any group of peo|
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ple has no place in our communities.
We outlined our opposition in
a letter to Tennessee's state leadership,
including Governor Bill Lee,
Lieutenant Governor and Speaker
of the Senate Randy McNally, and
Speaker of the House of Representative
Cameron Sexton.
Such discriminatory laws are not
an isolated incident. Since the passage
of Idaho's controversial law in
2020 banning transgender (or trans)
student athletes, more than half of
the states in the country have introduced
laws that would ban transgender
athletes from playing on
school sports teams that correspond
with their gender identity, several of
which have passed. However, many
LGBTQ+ advocates and allies have
mobilized to challenge these laws in

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