In another step forward for transgender rights, the ability to play on sports teams matching their gender is spreading across school districts. Recently in Minnesota a school voted in a landslide victory to let their athletes play on their gender team. This is something that increasingly is being done, but in this particular case, a little more spotlight was shed on the issue thanks to the Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton. Governor Dayton chose to address not only this issue, but people who voted against the measure. He had seen an advertisement printed by the Minnesota Child Protection League in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The advertisements contained not only false claims about what exactly the measure meant, and who it would impact, but used an overly emotional argument to influence people’s opinions before the vote. The Governor addressed the ad by saying
“I think some of the hate-mongering that was going on was just despicable…I can’t comprehend how some people in this state can want to spend their time on something that’s that destructive to other people’s lives and misstate it in such a way that is really appalling.”
The more that we see people who have a public audience stand up and express their support for not only transgender rights, but LGBTQ rights and human rights in general, the more exposure and gravity these movements gain. Every speech, blog, conversation, and comment helps.