Across the nation, more and more legislators are pursuing bans on allowing transgender athletes from participating in sports designated for women and girls.
Opponents say the measures discriminate against LGBT individuals, while those in support argue that it is necessary to restrict athletic programs strictly to biological females to maintain fair competition and keep participants safe.
Earlier this month, Mississippi became the first state to ban transgender athletes from partaking in women and girls’ sports leagues in the state. The move was met with outrage from LGBT activists and cheered by proponents of traditional gender values and radical feminists alike.
The states of Tennessee and Arkansas have also put similar legislation into place, LifeSite News reports, and over the weekend West Virginia Governor Jim Justice will also be backing such a bill in his state.
“In Alabama and Montana, similar measures have already passed in one legislative chamber and are under review in the other,” the outlet also notes.
This trickle of similar legislation seems potentially geared up to turn into a wave, one that highlights the deep cultural divides in our nation when it comes to acceptance of the transgender movement and the ideology behind it.
LifeSite notes that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been keeping a list of legislation they deride as “excluding transgender youth from athletics.”
The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and West Virginia are all in the process of either crafting or passing bills relating to transgender athletes.
On the other hand, LifeSite also points a report from TransAthlete.com which found that 16 states currently “have friendly policies that help facilitate full inclusion of trans/non-binary/GNC (gender non-conforming) students in high school athletics.”
Among these are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington State, and Washington, D.C., some of which have some overlap with the states where legislators are also seeking bans on transgender participation in female athletics programs.
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