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Ohio House Passes Bans on Transgender Student Athletes, Gender-affirming care for Minors

The bill passed the Republican-dominated House 64-28

Minors in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving gender-affirming care and transgender student-athletes would be banned from participating in girls’ and women’s sports under a multifaceted proposal that cleared the state's Republican-dominated House on Wednesday.

The measure folded together two contentious bills that could drastically change the way LGBTQ+ youth live in the state, and it has parents of transgender children scrambling to figure out how to care for them as the proposal heads to the GOP-led Senate.

These are not the first attempts at such proposals by Ohio's Legislature — a gender-affirming care ban, which Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider testified against, died in a House committee last year. A sports ban nearly made it through both the House and Senate last fall, but it fell short after being tacked onto an education overhaul bill that had mixed reviews among GOP legislators.

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