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Girl, 14, turned transgender advocate after children denied sport

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A 14-year-old hockey player from the US has featured in a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) video urging law officials to reconsider anti-transgender bills.

According to HRC Hockey-VM stream, more than 100 bills have been introduced in over 30 states which have been designed to restrict the rights of transgender people.

This includes, says HRC, legislators in 30 states giving the green light to bills to ban trans kids from playing sports so far in 2021.

The HRC promotes the social welfare of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

In the video released last month, 14-year-old Rebekah says: “Sports are something that I really like doing, I am so much more than trans. That doesn’t make me less of a girl, less of a human, either. I’m just me.”

The current Gender Equality Strategy of the International Hockey Federation underlines the commitment to allow transgender athletes the ability to compete at the highest level.

In 2017 Argentinian player Jessica Millaman was prevented from playing hockey by her provincial federation governing the sport.

However the deciion was reversed by the Argentine Field Hockey Confederation (CAH) to allow transgender women to participate in women’s competition.

At the time, Millaman called the decision a “small step” in the right direction.

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