Kansas lawmakers consider measure to bar transgender youth from girls sports

TOPEKA, Kan. — Ryan Brooks stood in front of a Kansas Senate panel Tuesday and cried as she described seeing her daughter smile for the first time in years after she came out as transgender on her 12th birthday. For years, Brooks said, her daughter showed clear signs of depression and warnings that she was thinking of suicide. “When she finally told me, ‘Mom, I’m a girl,’ everything made sense,” Brooks said. But Brooks said she feared the message her daughter would take away from legislation under consideration to prevent transgender girls in K-12 and higher education from participating in gir…

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