Texas GOP is once again attacking trans girls participation in sports

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Texas Republicans have filed two bills in another attempt to keep transgender girls off of interscholastic team sports. They are but two of a multitude of legislative attacks leveled against us this year.

HB 1458 sponsored by Rep. Valoree Swanson(R) was introduced on January 28, 2020. It would prohibit “biologically male” students from participating on an athletic team that is designated for participation by only “biologically female” students. HB 1458 has not yet been assigned to a committee

The Texas Tribune notes that the bill does not indicate how the biological sex of a student would determined..

Texas universities follow National College Athletic Association rules for division athletics, and some apply similar policies to intramural sports. Texas A&M University and the University of Houston allow students to play on the intramural team of the gender they identify.

The Texas University Interscholastic League  (UIL) voted in 2017 at the behest of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, to limit student participation in interscholastic to the sex as indicated on their birth Certificates. Prior to that that UIL followed the National NCAA rules which allow transgender students to compete if they are medically transitioning.

Mac Beggs, a transgender wrestler, pleaded unsuccessfully with school officials to let him compete with other boys. They didn’t, so in response he limited his testosterone intake to that of cisgender females so he could compete fairly. Beggs, a naturally talented competitor was met with jeers when in his senior year won his second state title in 2018.

The second bill filed this year is S.B. No. 373 sponsored by Charles Perry (R) filed on January 21, 2012.  It limits a students participation in sports based on biological sex based on the official birth certificate as it was “entered at or near the time of the student’s birth.”

SB 373 has not yet been assigned to a committee, but of the two it most likely will be.

While the Trump Administration filed s brief defending these bills , in November expectations of any of these bills remaining on the books are slim.

President Biden on his first day in office signed an executive order that his administration will enforce the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the state level when the rights of the minorities it protects are attacked by State Legislatures.

The American Family Association, Trump ally and designated hate group has failed repeatedly in previous years to enact and successfully defend a single trans crow law.  And that was before the Supreme Court Ruling last year clarifying that transgender and gay employees are protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by virtual of our gender expression and sexual orientation.

These contemptuous delaying tactics by the GOP are costing us time and money. They can and must be stopped with federal equality law.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender