In case it’s good to get caught on top of things, the state of Florida is thisclose to mandating that every one highschool athletes report their whole menstrual cycle historical past to their coaches and faculties. On the very least, it’s a stunning invasion of privateness and medical info, along with being transphobic and misogynistic.
The Florida Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation’s Board of Administrators will take into account the proposal at a gathering later this month that may make it necessary for teenage ladies to reply 4 questions on their menstrual cycles for his or her faculties’ athletic departments so as to compete in sports activities.
Florida mom of three daughters, Jenn Meale Poggie, launched the “Privateness. Interval!” marketing campaign in direct opposition of the proposal in hopes it received’t be authorized.
“Florida’s teenage ladies have a proper to privateness! They need to NOT have to supply necessary details about their menstrual cycles to athletic departments,” the change.org petition states. “The Florida Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation’s Board of Directors ought to REJECT the advice that feminine athletes are required to reply 4 necessary questions on their menstrual cycles.”
The marketing campaign additionally states that info associated to the menstrual cycles of minors “is between them, their households, and their physicians—NOT their coaches.”
The draft of the proposal, which was revealed final month by the Florida Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation, proposes making at present non-compulsory questions relating to a pupil’s menstrual cycle necessary, per the Palm Beach Post.
The shape, if authorized, would ask college students in the event that they’ve had a menstrual cycle, and if that’s the case, at what age that they had their first menstrual interval, their most up-to-date menstrual interval and what number of durations every pupil has had over the past 12 months.
“That is clearly an effort to additional stigmatize and demonize transgender folks in sports activities [and] meant to additional exclude individuals who aren’t assigned feminine at start in ladies sports activities,” mentioned Maxx Fenning, president of PRISM, a South Florida nonprofit group that gives sexual well being info to LGBTQ+ youth, to the Miami Herald. “Past that, I believe there’s concern amongst LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ [students] alike. That is an especially invasive mode of gleaning into somebody’s reproductive historical past, which is particularly harmful on this post-Roe world we stay in.”
In November, Florida legislature voted to ban gender-affirming care for Floridians under 18, defying the steerage of most main medical associations within the nation and pleas from mother and father of trans youth and trans folks themselves to permit the care to proceed. The ban on gender-affirming care was proposed and led by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“Teenaged ladies’ menstrual cycles are personal, and any conversations or disclosure about them needs to be among the many woman, the mother and father and their physicians,” Poggie tells the Miami Herald. “Requiring disclosure about durations to athletic departments is a whole overstep and violation of privateness. Athletic departments want to remain out of well being care and respect feminine athletes’ privateness.”
The Florida Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation’s Board of Administrators—comprised of 88% males—will vote on the proposal on Feb. 26.
You’ll be able to signal the “Privateness. Interval!” petition here.