Should Texas Transgender Student-Athletes Compete in Sports With Girls?
A bill which would ban transgender students from competing in school sports of the gender in which they identify is moving on to the Texas House.
A Texas bill to require transgender student-athletes to compete only in sports that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate passed in the Texas Senate by a 19-12 vote. The bill now heads to the House.
Debate on the bill was quite contentious on Wednesday during the special session of the Texas Legislature.
KVUE-TV in Austin reported a majority of those in attendance during a public hearing on Tuesday spoke out against the bill.
At the hearing, about two-thirds of those who testified were against the bill. The committee reported that, of those that did not speak, 76 were against, three were for and two registered on the bill.
"These bills seek to solve the imaginary problem of transgender girls dominating youth athletics," said one person during public comment. "Instead, this incessant bullying by the Texas Legislature is directly harming children."
"So it's called women's sports, not co-ed sports for a reason. Fair play, fair competition. We should uphold Title IX," said another, who was for the bill. "I've always known there's a difference in a boy's or a man's strength compared to mine. Throughout my life I've seen that difference."
I do not know all the specifics of this bill, but if you ask me, I do not think a person who was born a boy should compete against girls in school sports. I understand an individual has a right to identify as the gender they want, but if you're born a boy, you have certain physical advantages over girls and that can be exploited if you compete in girls’ sports.
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