Texas has officially banned transgender women from competing in female sports.
The bill was signed into law by Texan Governor Greg Abbott.
It now means that transgender girls will be banned from participating in female sports at public schools in the state.
Supporters of the bill claims that it will bring fairness to school sports.
They say that it will help to eliminate supposed physical advantages of transgender woman.
Updated birth certificates that prove transgender woman are legally declared female by the state of Texas will no longer be able to be used, SportsBible reports.
Forcing trans women to compete in sports teams that may differ from their gender identity.
An update on a birth certificate will only be accepted if it due to a clerical error.
The bill has received heavy criticism from trans rights advocates who believe it to be discriminatory.
As per the Guardian, Ricardo Martinez, CEO of Equality Texas said that they are “devastated at the passage of this bill.”
“Our organizations will also begin to shift focus to electing pro-equality lawmakers who understand our issues and prioritize representing the vast majority of Texans who firmly believe that discrimination against trans and LGB+ people is wrong,” Martinez said.
The signing of the bill means that Texas is now among other states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee who have also brought in or proposed laws similar.
The bill will not come into effect until January 2022.