State Rep. Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) spoke in the Ohio House, Thursday, against a ban on transgender girls from school sports.
“This is a shameful day for Ohio. This amendment would enact an extreme transgender discrimination law,” said Skindell. “It shows a complete ignorance about trans people and their participation in sports.”
Proponents introduced the ban as an amendment—evading public testimony—to what had been broadly supported legislation allowing college athletes to benefit from their name, image, and likeness.
Equality Ohio’s Public Policy Strategist, Dominic Detwiler, recognized Skindell’s extensive advocacy Thursday evening.
Many Representatives really showed up for trans kids today. Thanks to all of them, but especially @MikeSkindell who put it all out there to disrupt this attack. This man has been in the trenches for LGBTQ folks his entire career. https://t.co/NNAYAL4eN8
— Dom Detwiler (he/him) (@dom_detwiler) June 25, 2021
The Ohio Senate has since advanced the name/image/likeness legislation without the trans athlete ban, Ohio Capital Journal reports.