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A bill that would prohibit transgender athletes from competing on college teams that match their gender identity is heading to Gov. Greg Abbott for approval.
The Senate on Friday authorized minor alterations the Home created to Senate Bill 15 just before sending it to the governor, who has currently stated he would assistance such legislation.
On the Senate floor, Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, and Sen. Mayes Middleton, R-Galveston, clarified that the legislation only applies to intercollegiate sports in between schools, not intramural sports that are far more casual and frequently co-ed games. The vote was 19-12.
All through the legislative session, LGBTQ advocates have railed against the bill.
“S.B. 15 is however an additional invasive, impractical measure mandated by the Texas legislature to ‘fix’ a trouble that does not exist,” stated Melodía Gutiérrez, Texas director for the Human Rights Campaign in a press release earlier this month. “Every student deserves the similar possibilities to engage in sportsmanship, self-discipline, and teamwork, and to develop a sense of belonging with their peers. We really should not discriminate against or ban any student from playing due to the fact they’re transgender.”
Senate Bill 15 needs athletes to join the college sports teams that align with their sex assigned at birth, regardless of their gender identity. It supplies whistleblower protections for people today who report violations at a university athletics system and permits people today to file civil lawsuits against a college or university if they think the institution has violated the law.
Beneath the bill, females would be permitted to join a men’s sports group if the college does not have a women’s group for the similar sport.
The bill is a single of numerous that the Legislature is contemplating this session that could bring important alterations to the lives of gay and transgender Texans. But it is unclear what influence this bill would have quickly in Texas’ public universities. According to an Austin American-Statesman survey of Texas public universities, the vast majority of Texas schools responded that, to their information, they had not had a transgender athlete compete for their university.
For far more than a decade, the NCAA has permitted transgender females to participate in women’s sports if they had at least a single year of testosterone suppression medication to treat gender dysphoria. But final year, the conference’s board of governors adopted a new policy that determined trans athletes’ qualifications for participation on a sport-by-sport basis. LGBTQ advocates decried the modify as the conference bowing to political stress from these who disapproved of the organization’s selection to let Lia Thomas, a trans lady, to compete on the women’s swimming group at the University of Pennsylvania.
The new NCAA policy is nevertheless becoming phased in. As of now, trans athletes who want to participate in college sports need to meet preceding policy needs set in 2010 and report their testosterone levels at the get started of the season and six months into competitors.
Legal authorities say the Texas legislation could open up universities to Title IX lawsuits. In 2021, the Biden administration stated that law, which was made far more than 50 years ago to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, applies to LGBTQ students. Final month, the administration proposed an amendment to Title IX that would prohibit blanket bans barring transgender students from participating on sports teams constant with their gender identity.
The proposal faced mixed evaluations from LGBTQ advocacy groups that say it would nevertheless let for discrimination against trans students, even though critics say it would threaten women’s sports.
“[T]he Department’s proposed regulation would try to coerce compliance with an uncertain, fluid, and totally subjective regular that is primarily based on a extremely politicized gender ideology,” 25 Republican governors, such as Abbott, wrote in a joint comment. “Most troubling, the proposed regulation would turn the goal of Title IX on its head and threaten the several achievements of females in athletics.”
Final month, the U.S. Home of Representatives authorized a bill that would amend Title IX to demand student athletes to participate on sports teams primarily based on their sex assigned at birth. The legislation is unlikely to pass in the U.S. Senate, exactly where Democrats have narrow handle.
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