As of today, on May 29, nine states have enacted legislation during 2021 targeting transgender youth. The worse offenders Arkansas, and Tennessee have been already sued. Given the lack of evidence for the laws, and that the supporters can’t name a trans athlete in their state, the laws will be most likely be put on hold until the cases are resolved.
Two more bills are awaiting action by governors. The Florida sports ban hit DeSanto’s desk a month ago. And a bill just landed on Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards desk. Both of these bills were passed with a veto-proof majority.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association, the main governing body for college sports, released a statement in April saying that “only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected” for its events. Pundits are saying that states that have enacted these laws aren’t facing any consequences but looking back on North Carolina and HB2 the NCAA took action after the bill went into effect and not before.
The Olympics have allowed transgender athletes to compete for a decade. During that time there haven’t been any to accel to the highest levels and win medals. That will change as it should when equality is achieved. Not because transgender athletes have any kind of advantage but because they will be allowed to compete vis a vis having their lives ended in their thirties.