This week read about the Texas House passing an anti-trans sports bill, and the late activists Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin honored at California's Hall of Fame.
Texas House Passes Anti-Trans Athletes Bill
On Oct. 14, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill preventing transgender students in public schools from participating in team sports aligned with their gender identity.
House Bill 25 was stalled multiple times after not being able to pass through the House, the Texas Tribune reported. This time it passed the vote 76-54 and is expected to pass the Senate.
Under the bill, student-athletes would have to participate with the sports team that corresponds to the sex listed on their birth certificate and it will not recognize modified birth certificates, only those from when or around the time the child was born.
LGBT advocates point to the toll that previous anti-transgender legislation has had on trans youth. Supporters of the bill say that it does not bar children from participating in sports.
“This is all about girls and protecting them,” said Rep. Valoree Swanson, who authored the bill.
Rep. Mary E. González argued, “If you care about mental health, and I know you do, then do this simple thing and not advance this piece of harmful legislation … There is no issue with transgender and intersex students playing sports.”
Lesbian Couple Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon during their wedding. Credit: NickGorton, Wikipedia.
The late Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, activists and lesbian couple, were inducted into the California Hall of Fame in a virtual ceremony conducted by Gov. Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom on Oct. 12.
When he was mayor of San Francisco in 2004, Newsom issued an illegal marriage license to Lyon and Martin, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The California Supreme Court overturned the marriage but they married again in 2008 due to a brief window where marriage was legal prior to Proposition 8, the state's same-sex marriage ban.
Lyon and Martin were some of the first people to be inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously as Martin died in 2008, shortly after their wedding, and Lyon died in 2020.
“Jennifer and I are pleased to induct this group of extraordinary Californians into the Hall of Fame,” Newsom said. “There is no doubt their lives and legacies have helped make California synonymous around the world with innovation, imagination, and progress.”
The couple had co-founded Daughters of Bilitis, a lesbian rights organization, and were known in San Francisco as trailblazing LGBT leaders.