Houston girl testifies against Texas transgender bill restricting student-athlete participation

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Houston, Texas (KTRK)-A bill restricting the participation of transgender student athletes has passed the Texas House of Representatives and Senate and is now being submitted to Governor Greg Abbott.

It is expected that Governor Abbott will sign the bill, which requires athletes to participate in sports teams that match their gender on their birth certificates.

SEE ALSO: Texas bill restricting transgender student athletes from participating in sports is sent back to the House of Representatives

Supporters say this will protect girls from having to compete with stronger and bigger athletes. But transgender athletes say it unfairly targets them.

Sunny Bryant says she has known who she is since she was four.

“I’m a girl,” the 8-year-old said.

“It’s not pretend. It’s not a stage. It’s real. There is a difference between saying’I want to be a girl’ and’I am a girl’, she said very clearly,” Sonny’s mother, Becca explained road.

Sunny’s family has always supported her, and most of her young friends will not ask too much. They always play baseball and gymnastics together.

However, when the Texas legislature began to debate a bill that would allow Sonny to only play in the boys’ sports team, she and her mother went to Austin.

They both testified.

“It’s a bit emotional, I’m really nervous,” Sonny explained.

“This is to find a solution to the problem. We don’t have any lawsuits in Texas. We don’t have any cases. The population of transgender children is so small,” Beka said. “This means she will be the only girl in the locker room and the only girl on the team. She will not have that community.”

“My heart is that I think I should be able to participate in sports because I am also a girl,” Sonny said. “I think they are just afraid of us, they need more transgender people in their lives.”

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