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Madison school board unanimously approves resolution opposing transgender athlete bills

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The MMSD Board of Education voted 7-0 Monday evening in favor of a resolution supporting transgender students and opposing proposed bills that would ban transgender students from participating in girls' and women's sports.

"The Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education rejects any legislation or action that dehumanizes, marginalizes, or violates the rights of transgender, nonbinary, and all LGBTQ+ students," the resolution said.

MMSD isn't the first district to pass a resolution like that. The Monona Grove Board of Education voted on a similar resolution earlier in May.

Two bills regarding transgender students' participation on sports teams are making their way through the state legislature.

One bill would require all K-12 public and private schools in Wisconsin that participate in the voucher program to divide all sports teams by sex and prohibit any student defined as male at birth from participating on a girls' sports team.

The second bill would require technical colleges and all schools in the University of Wisconsin System to do the same.

Re. Barbara Dittrich (R-Oconomowoc) authored both Assembly bills. She told 27 News in March that she wants to ensure girls don't lose out because of unfair competition.

"When a biological male comes in and sets a record a female could never achieve because she doesn't have the bone density, the muscle mass, the height, and often, testosterone level, that's problematic," she said.

However, Monona Grove school board members pushed back against that idea earlier this month.

"The idea that someone would, that we have trans students who are trans for a competitive advantage is ludicrous," Peter Sobol said during the board's May 12 meeting.

At MMSD's meeting, a junior from Memorial High School, thanked the board for supporting the resolution.

"I'm nonbinary and working against the anti trans bills, so it does mean a lot that MMSD is standing firmly behind all students," Amira Pierotti said.

Assembly and Senate committees will hold public hearings for the bills on Wednesday.

Monday, Gov. Evers implied he will not sign the legislation if it comes to his desk.

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Caroline Dade

Weekend Evening Anchor/Reporter, 27 News

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