The legal fight over Idaho’s HB500 could continue for some time, with a judge ruling Wednesday he will decide on an injunction or dismissal by Aug. 10. The law, which went into effect July 1, effectively bans transgender female athletes from competing with cisgender females. It is the most stringent anti-trans athlete law in the nation.
While U.S. District Judge David Nye contemplates his decision, at least 109 prominent organizations, companies, state leaders and LGBTQ athletes have vociferously campaigned against the measure. In recent years, conservative governors have vetoed or augmented anti-LGBTQ initiatives following pressure from the business and sports communities. Perhaps most notably, then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence approved some LGBTQ protections in the state’s religious freedom law after widespread outcry, including from the NCAA, which is based in Indianapolis.
While Gov. Brad Little signed the measure into law — on International Trans Day of Visibility, no less — he is probably feeling the pressure. The following list is not complete, so please feel free to reach out and suggest new additions. We stand united against bigotry:
Chris Mosier: The multi-event athlete has been vocal in his opposition, making local media appearances in Idaho to present his case for equality.
Students who are transgender simply want to play the sport they love & be a part of a team, just like any other student.— The Chris Mosier (@TheChrisMosier) July 23, 2020
On this year’s #NationalYouthSportsDay, the @ACLU and I are calling on the @NCAA to relocate championship events from Idaho after the state passed HB 500, which bans trans youth from participating in high school athletics. Say it with me: trans people belong in sports. pic.twitter.com/YwpQhBFNc5— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) July 22, 2020
Billie Jean King:
I am proud to stand with over 60 civil rights organizations in calling on the @NCAA to relocate all events from Idaho, due to the state’s recent passage of dangerous legislation that seeks to prevent transgender athletes from participating in school sports#LetThemPlay pic.twitter.com/RKeFd9NEEa— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) June 10, 2020
With so many critical issues affecting our nation right now, Idaho is focused on attacking transgender youth. Join me in urging @GovernorLittle to #VetoHB500 and allow trans youth lifesaving access to the sport they love. #ProtectTransYouth @athleteally https://t.co/rX0MqspTzo— Ali Krieger (@alikrieger) March 27, 2020
Bayer US LLC
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.
Boehringer Ingelheim USA
CSAA Insurance Group
Hewlett Packard Inc.
Idaho National Laboratory
IKEA North America Services, LLC
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Marriott International, Inc.
Sustainable Food Policy Alliance
Trillium Asset Management
Unilever United States
“As we have previously stated, Idaho’s House Bill 500 and resulting law is harmful to transgender student-athletes and conflicts with the NCAA’s core values of inclusivity, respect and the equitable treatment of all individuals. Further, Board of Governors policy requires host sites to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event. As such, the NCAA Board of Governors was scheduled to discuss the legislation and its implications to student-athletes at its August meeting. ... It is our clear expectation that all NCAA student-athletes will be welcomed, treated with respect, and have nondiscriminatory participation wherever they compete.”
Jim Jones (R)
Wayne Kidwell (R)
Al Lance (R)
David Leroy (R)
Tony Park (D)
“We as student leaders and as future state leaders are disappointed with your decision to sign HB 500 and HB 509 into law. “The bills are unnecessary, potentially expensive, and may produce various legal repercussions. They also conflict with the general public’s support for the transgender community.”