Florida Bans Trans Athletes From Public High School and College Female Sports | 22 Words

The state of Florida has passed the bill to ban transgender athletes from competing in high school, college and professional level female sports...

And people have a lot to say on the issue...

Florida passed a bill on the first day of Pride which bans transgender women from competing on female teams.

This includes high school teams, college teams and professional athlete teams.

Now, this has been a heavily debated topic for quite some time.

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Ever since the Olympics allowed trans athletes to compete in 2016, there has been a solid divide in opinion over the matter.

While many are supportive of the inclusion of transgender athletes...

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Others argue that it is unfair towards other athletes competing in the sport.

The subject of transgender female athletes is certainly the most debated...

With people like Piers Morgan arguing that female trans athletes have an "unfair advantage" due to the fact they were born with a male anatomy, consisting of testosterone and other male hormones that increase strength and stamina.

It has been argued that their competitors don't "stand a chance"...

Meaning that many people feel that transgender athletes shouldn't be allowed to compete at all.

For instance, professional MMA fighter Ronda Rousey refused to fight trans fighter Fallon Fox in 2014.

"I feel like if you go through puberty as a man it's something that you can't really reverse. You can't just reverse that, there's no undo button on that. That's, unfortunately, her scenario," she said of her decision.

And New Zealand transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, faced a lot of criticism after she won a gold medal at the Pacific Games.

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New Zealand-based lobby group, "Speak Up For Women," which advocates that sport must be categorized by sex rather than gender identity, called on the country's Olympic committee and sports minister to "defend women's sport."

"Kiwis (New Zealanders) know that males competing in women's sport is blatantly unfair," the group's spokesperson Ani O'Brien harshly said.

Nevertheless, transgender athletes are allowed to compete here in the United States...

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And transgender girls are permitted to participate in sports that match their gender identity at schools and colleges across the country.

However, that has slowly been changing in certain states.

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In February, the State of Mississippi voted unanimously to ban young transgender athletes from competing in female sports in all schools and universities. The vote won by thirty-six votes to 9.

There was reportedly "very little discussion" before the vote took place in the Republican-led state...

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And, according to AP, no one asked if any transgender athletes were currently competing in Mississippi, with the bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Angela Hill, not offering such information.

And now, Florida has followed suit.

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In April the state voted in favor of a similar bill, which will see transgender athletes fully banned from competing on female sports teams.

The proposal in Florida, passed 77-40 by the Republican-led House...

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It is part of a national debate over transgender rights.

However, on June 1st, the Sunshine State passed a bill which meant transgender girls would not even be allowed to compete at a high school or college level on a female team.

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Florida's republican governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill, meaning transgender girls cannot compete against biological females.

'In Florida, girls are going to play girls sports and boys are going to play boys sports,' he said.

The idea seems to be spreading through America, with seven other states passing similar bills.

Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee and West Virginia have already passed similar legislation and South Dakota's governor has signed an executive order supporting a sports ban. All have Republican governors.

DeSantis stated the law was needed to ensure fairness for women involved in sport across the state.

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"We are going to go based off biology, not based off ideology when we are doing sports," he said.

People had something to say about the bill...

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The new law now means transgender girls will not be allowed to play sport with girls from high school level all the way up to professional athlete level.

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The Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group, said it would challenge the Florida law in court. President Alphonso David said: "Transgender kids are kids; transgender girls are girls. Like all children, they deserve the opportunity to play sports with their friends and be a part of a team."

The measure approved by the GOP-led Legislature takes effect July 1. It says a transgender student athlete can't participate without first showing a birth certificate saying she was a girl when she was born.

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However it is not clear if all girls must show their birth certificates, or just those whose gender is questioned. The new bill allows students to sue if a school allows a transgender girl or woman to play on a team intended for biological females.

Those for the legislation have assured it is all about acknowledging the biological differences between males and females...

Contending that it was about fairness and retaining a level playing field.

Republican Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka told the Associated Press...

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"Allowing biological males to compete in women's sports diminishes the 1972 federal doctrine that barred discrimination against women in school programs.

"It's about giving women and girls an even chance to succeed," said Persons-Mulicka, who had gone to college on a tennis scholarship.

But the bill has been condemned by Democrats...

"You call it policy, and I call this bill about humanity," Democratic Rep. Michele Rayner said.

"As a lawyer, I have been trained not to have emotion when I debate. But we are talking about children… we are talking for children who can't speak for themselves," she said.

Many people are also pointing out how the bill just happened to be passed on the first day of Pride month...

Dubbed the 'Fairness in Women's Sports Act', the proposal does not bar athletes born as female from playing on boy's or men's teams.

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Alphonso David said: "All Floridians will have to face the consequences of this anti-transgender legislation -- including economic harm, expensive taxpayer-funded legal battles, and a tarnished reputation."

However Republican Senator Keli Stargel said: "This is nothing about anybody being discriminated against. It's solely so that women have an opportunity to compete in women's sports."

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"This bill is very simply about making sure that women can safely compete, have opportunities and physically be able to excel in a sport that they trained for, prepared for and work for."

Senator Shevrin Jones said on the subject: "At the end of the day, transgender kids are just kids."

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"This is yet another hate-driven attack from the governor and Republican legislators, and it's insulting that they've staged this morning's photo-op on the first day of Pride Month."

Whilst Biden has proclaimed his support for the LGBTQ+ community on the first day of Pride, many are calling for him to do more.

However he is yet to comment on the rising legislature against transgender athletes, despite many calling for his voice.

It has been reported that just eleven students in Florida have asked to compete in sports differing from their sex, since 2013.

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