Victory: Wisconsin Bill Targeting Transgender Students Dies in Committee

By Adam Polaski • February 22, 2016 • 11:07 am

Last week, on Thursday, February 18, Wisconsin lawmakers adjourned the legislative session for the year. The close of the legislative session means that a terrible bill – one that would have prohibited transgender children from using public school facilities that match their gender identity – will not move forward. The death of the bill, which was heard by a committee last fall, is a huge victory for the LGBT community in Wisconsin and signal growing momentum from Americans that discrimination is unacceptable.


Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe said today:

“Wisconsin lawmakers did the right thing by not moving forward on a bill that would have increased the tremendous harassment and threat of harm that transgender children face in their everyday lives. No state in the nation has ever passed a bill that singles out transgender students and prohibits them from using the correct facilities. Transgender children, like all children, should be focused on their education while at school. As similar bills percolate in other parts of the country, Wisconsin is sending an important message that anti-transgender bills are invasive, discriminatory, and wrong.”

Freedom for All Americans was proud over the past six months to provide communications support, digital strategy and execution, and legislative guidance to Fair Wisconsin, generating hundreds of contacts to lawmakers in opposition of the bill.

In 1982 Wisconsin was the first state in the nation to pass nondiscrimination protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people – but the state continues to lack the same protections for transgender people. A poll released this week shows that 73 percent of Wisconsin residents support comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.

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