Texas has now banned transgender girls from taking part in sports.
In what has been slammed as a “shocking” and “controversial” move, Texas has now passed a bill that prohibits girls from taking part in female sports.
The ban affects girls in elementary school all the way to trans students taking part in university sports.
Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, signed the bill on Monday which will come into effect on January 18th.
According to the Washington Post, House Bill 25 states that “student-athletes will be allowed to participate in interscholastic athletic competitions only as part of teams that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates at or near the time of their birth. Modified birth certificates may be referred to only if they were edited to correct clerical errors, not if an individual legally changed sex on the document.”
Republican representative, Valoree Swanson, introduced the bill in order to promote “faireness.”
Supporters of the move have claimed that trans girls will have an unfair advantage during competitions and so have passed this bill to bring fairness back to female sports.
Speaking of the decision, Swanson said:
“House Bill 25 is one of the greatest victories for equality for girls since Title IX passed 50 years ago,” she said in a statement. “I have fought every political and legislative obstacle for an entire year — session after session — to protect the 332,000 girls in UIL sports, and I am overjoyed that Governor Abbott has signed my bill into law.”
This decision comes after transgender women in sports has been the talking point of 2021.
GLAAD spokesperson, Mary Emily O’Hara called it an “attack” on LGBTQ+ rights.