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Talking Points and Email Templates for SB1138 & SB1165


Thank you for reaching out to lawmakers about these bills. Please find the following resources below.


Talking points and email for SB1165 | Talking points and email for 1138

 

SB 1165 talking points (via GLSEN Phoenix)

(Bill would ban trans students from playing on a sports team aligned with their gender identity.)

  • Every student should have the same educational opportunity, including being part of a sports team.

  • Young people learn life-long lessons from playing sports with their peers, including teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and how to be a leader.

  • Participating in sports also creates positive psychological benefits for students, like improved emotional regulation, decreased depressive symptoms and suicidality, higher self-esteem, and a sense of belonging at school.

  • Transgender students want to play sports for the same reason as all student athletes: to be a part of a team where they feel like they belong.

  • [This bill] would take away their chance to take part in these critically formative K-12 experiences.

  • This bill will threaten all girls, including cisgender girls. This bill will increase scrutiny over bodies to determine who is transgender and increase bullying towards any student who is has a gender nonconforming gender expression.

  • Trans girls do not have an unfair advantage in sports. There has not been any occurrence of trans girls or women dominating women’s sports. Similarly, there has been no occurrence of cisgender men pretending to be women in order to gain an advantage in women’s sports.

  • Cisgender women also exhibit biological differences that may advantage them in sports such as their height, weight, and other physical features, but there aren’t regulations on limiting these advantages. This shows that these bills are not about advantage, but rather about targeting trans people.

  • Trans girls are girls! Forcing them to play on boys' teams is humiliating, invalidating, and will cause emotional distress and harm.

Email template for SB1165

(Bill would ban trans students from playing on a sports team aligned with their gender identity.)


Subject line: Support trans youth by voting no on SB1165


Dear XXXX,


I am writing to encourage you to vote no on SB1165 which will ban trans girls from participating in girls’ sports. Participating in sports has several benefits including better mental and physical health outcomes, opportunities to make friends, and to build important life skills. No one should have this opportunity taken away from them! Trans girls are girls!


The validity of trans identities is well supported by science. Forcing trans girls to play on boys' teams is humiliating, invalidating, and will cause emotional distress and harm. Additionally, this bill will threaten all girls, including cisgender girls. This bill will increase scrutiny over bodies to determine who is transgender, which will increase bullying towards any student who is has a gender nonconforming gender expression.


As an Arizona constituent, I believe it’s extremely important Arizona’s leadership makes it clear that trans youth and their families are welcomed, valued, and protected. Passing this bill will contribute to increased stigma and bullying for trans kids and can harm all kids.


(Optional) - As a trans adult, it has been very disheartening to witness the attacks on trans youth happening in Arizona and across the country. Although this bill may not have an immediate direct impact on my life, it makes Arizona feel like a less safe place for me and my family. Your vote on this bill means a lot to me personally. Thank you for considering.


Again, please vote no on SB1165. Thank you!

 

SB 1138 talking points via GLSEN Phoenix

(Bill would prohibit gender-affirming health care for minors.)


  • Patients and their health providers are the ones who should be deciding what medical care is in those patients’ best interests.

  • [This bill] would ban access to best-practice medical care that is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other leading health authorities.

  • Medical providers are the ones with the expertise to provide advice on medical care and no one should have important decisions about their health taken away from them because of their gender identity.

  • We have to defend the opportunity for transgender youth to make important, private healthcare decisions without interference.

  • Decades of research shows that gender-affirming medical care saves lives

  • Research indicates very few people (<1%) regret partaking in gender-affirming medical interventions including youth.

  • Access to medical care at a young age protects youth from experiencing the mental health risks that occur in trans adult populations.

Email template for SB1138

(Bill would prohibit gender-affirming health care for minors.)


Subject line: Support trans youth by voting no on SB1138


Dear XXXX,


I am writing to encourage you to vote no on SB1138 which will ban all gender-affirming surgeries for transgender minors. This bill is not in line with the World Professional Association of Transgender Health’s (WPATH) standards of care which guides medical practice across the globe and is based on research. Multiple professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the Endocrine Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics support access to gender-affirming health care for minors. Most importantly, standards of care related to gender-affirming medical care should be based on research and come from experts in the field not, from the legislature.


As an Arizona constituent, I believe it’s extremely important that Arizona’s leadership makes it clear that trans youth and their families are welcomed, valued, and protected. Passing this bill will send the message that trans youth’s mental health and wellbeing do not matter and may contribute to increased stigma and bullying for trans kids.


(Optional) - As a trans adult, it has been very disheartening to witness the attacks on trans youth happening in Arizona and across the country. Although this bill may not have an immediate direct impact on my life, it makes Arizona feel like a less safe place for me and my family. Your vote on this bill means a lot to me personally. Thank you for considering.


Again, please listen to medical experts and vote no on SB1138. Thank you!

 


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