US Quidditch reiterates our stance against gender-based discrimination following the signing of Senate Bill 1028 in Florida into law.
As shared previously, USQ is very concerned about the onslaught of anti-trans legislation that is being considered in states across the country. Several states now have passed these kinds of laws, Florida being the most recent.
In guidelines released last summer, we affirmed our commitment to the safety of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC athletes by adding new diversity, equity, and inclusion provisions to our event bid manual. As part of that update, we stated that the existence of discriminatory legislation or policies that restrict the rights of marginalized communities will disqualify a city from being eligible to host a USQ event.
The Southside Sports Complex in Lake City, Florida was scheduled to host the South Regional Championship in 2022. Due to SB 1028 being signed into law in that state, USQ will not host any events in Florida, including next year’s regional championship, until this law is abolished. Lake City, Florida has been notified of this change.
Due to the projected number of teams in the South region next season, USQ has decided not to host a dedicated regional championship for that area. Instead, USQ will facilitate and support a sanctioned event that will offer teams a chance to qualify for USQ Cup. More information on that will be available later in the summer.
If you are a resident of the state of Florida, we urge you to contact your state senator as well as the governor’s office to voice your opposition to these bills. Here is a template letter, which can be personalized. The USQ DEI committee also produced a workshop earlier this year on how to write to your legislators, which can be viewed on YouTube.
The Florida legislature passed Senate Bill 1028 at the end of April. The bill, which is focused on education, includes an amendment that seeks to designate participation in secondary and collegiate sports based on an athlete’s “biological sex.” Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 1028 into law on June 1, 2021. This bill is part of a wave of legislation being introduced and passed in state houses around the country, targeting transgender and gender non-conforming people, especially transgender youth in the areas of medical care and sports.
For questions or concerns, please contact Executive Director Mary Kimball at email@example.com.