Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) has signed not one but two anti-LGBTQ bills into law this week – Senate Bill 99 and House Bill 112.
Senate Bill 99 calls for “a parent, guardian, or other person who is responsible for the care of a child” to be allowed to “refuse to allow the child to attend… a course of instruction, a class period, an assembly, an organized school function, or instruction provided by the district… regarding human sexuality instruction.”
If any instruction is scheduled having to do with “human sexuality” – or even just sexually transmitted diseases – at least 48 hours notice must be given to parents. “Human sexuality education” is defined in the bill as anything related to “sexual orientation, gender identity, and abstinence.”
House Bill 112 calls for “public school athletic teams to be designated based on biological sex.” Additionally, cisgender athletes will be able to seek damages from schools that allow transgender students to compete as their gender identity because of the “direct or indirect” harm that would be caused for the cisgender student.
State Rep. John D. Fuller (R) introduced the bill in January. He told Montana Public Radio he “felt compelled to introduce the legislation because he’s coached women’s soccer and he thinks transgender women have a physical advantage if they compete in sports consistent with their gender identity. That is unfair to females and women’s sports — period.”
Montana is now the 7th state to prohibit trans youth from participating in sports to some degree.
Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee, and West Virginia have adopted similar laws that shut the door on transgender girls playing sports as their gender identity.