In Proposed Indiana Law Change, ‘Gender’ Would be Replaced with ‘Biological Sex’ in State Statutes, Sparking Concerns among LGBTQ+ Advocates

Indianapolis, Indiana – A proposed bill in the Indiana House seeks to replace the word “gender” with the phrase “biological sex” in certain state statutes. House Bill 1291 aims to modify statutes that refer to the physical condition of being male or female. However, critics argue that this change could have detrimental effects on the LGBTQ+ community. They express concerns about potential outing and claim it will make Indiana an unwelcoming place.

Chris Paulsen, CEO of Indiana Youth Group, warns that removing the term “gender” from state statutes could pose dangers for transgender individuals. Paulsen believes that the law would likely face legal challenges and result in costly defense spending. This potential legislative alteration could impact anti-discrimination laws as well as the unenforceable law against same-sex marriage in Indiana.

In addition to amending various state statutes, the bill would also alter the requirements for state ID cards. This change means that individuals would need to carry identification displaying the sex assigned to them at birth, which might not match their current gender identity. Paulsen argues that this provision would further contribute to outing individuals.

Advocates for LGBTQ+ rights in Indiana vow to continue their fight. A coalition of LGBTQ+ organizations actively monitors legislative activity during sessions and aims to oppose harmful bills while championing positive legislation for LGBTQ+ youth.

As of Tuesday night, lawmakers have not scheduled a hearing for the bill. News 8 attempted to reach out to the bill’s authors, including Reps. Chris Judy, Joanna King, Michelle Davis, and Robert Morris, but received no comment from them.

In summary, a proposed Indiana House bill seeks to replace the word “gender” with “biological sex” in certain state statutes. Critics argue that this change could have negative consequences for the LGBTQ+ community, potentially outing individuals and promoting an unwelcoming atmosphere in Indiana. The bill could affect anti-discrimination laws and the prohibition on same-sex marriage in the state. Despite opposition, lawmakers have not yet scheduled a hearing for the bill.