(MADISON) – Yesterday, two Republican legislators introduced discriminatory legislation that would prohibit students from participating in youth sports consistent with their gender identity. Representative Melissa Ratcliff of the Wisconsin Legislative Transgender Parent and Non-Binary Advocacy Caucus released the following statement:

“Legislation that attacks transgender and non-binary youth in Wisconsin is hateful, discriminatory, and harmful to some of our most vulnerable and historically marginalized young people. Governor Evers has been clear that he will veto bills that endanger our trans and non-binary young people so we must assume that introducing these bills is meant to fan the flames of the culture wars the far right continues to perpetuate. In contrast, our Caucus’ message to trans and non-binary youth is hopeful, positive, and supportive: we see you, we hear you, we value you, and we will never stop fighting for you.”

Fellow Co-chair Representative Ryan Clancy released the following statement:

“We knew these bills were coming based on national trends but no amount of mental preparation can prepare you for the gut punch when your own children and communities are targeted. I will unapologetically oppose any piece of anti-trans or non-binary legislation. These pieces of legislation introduced yesterday are unacceptable and fly in the face of science and our collective humanity.”

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