The state of Florida has passed the bill to ban transgender athletes from competing in female sports.
And people have a lot to say on the issue...
Now, this has been a heavily debated topic for quite some time.
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...
Others argue that it is unfair towards other athletes competing in the sport.
The subject of transgender female athletes is certainly the most debated...
Hi Daniel, you can abuse me all you like but facts matter.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 17, 2020
a) I support fairness & equality for all trans people.
b) Allowing trans women athletes to compete against women born to female biological bodies is inarguably unfair, unequal & dangerous. https://t.co/shAPFFFXIA
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"...
I know this won't be popular but athletes born female cannot possibly compete on a level playing field with someone born male.— Emma Louisa J 💕🥂🍾 (@Emmalouisajones) February 26, 2020
It's ludicrous and totally unfair to allow this to happen imo.
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.
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...
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.
In February, the State of Mississippi voted unanimously to ban young transgender athletes from competing in female sports in all schools and universities.
The initial vote took place on Thursday, February 11th, and won by thirty-six votes to 9.
4 people chose not to take part in the vote, while 5 voted "present," meaning they were not voting for or against the new legislation.
There was reportedly "very little discussion" before the vote took place in the Republican-led state...
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, just over 2 months later, Florida has followed suit.
The state has today voted in favor of a similar bill, which will see transgender athletes fully banned from competing on female sports teams.
And people had a lot to say...
Florida has moved closer to requiring transgender athletes to take gender testing...
As well as having their genitalia examined, in order for them to play sports.
The proposal in Florida, passed 77-40 Wednesday by the Republican-led House...
It is part of a national debate over transgender rights.
Those for the legislation have assured it is all about acknowledging the biological differences between males and females...
BREAKING: The Republican-controlled Florida House has passed HB 1475, anti-LGBTQ legislation targeting transgender youth who play sports. The measure passed 77-40: https://t.co/tOPmorj3YS pic.twitter.com/S0cJDJ3Ii6— Watermark (@WatermarkOnline) April 14, 2021
Contending that it was about fairness and retaining a level playing field.
Republican Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka told the Associated Press...
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...
I have written to @GovRonDeSantis and the leadership of the Florida House & Senate, urging them to oppose #HB1475/ #SB2012.— Mayor Dean J. Trantalis (@DeanTrantalis) April 13, 2021
These bills pose great harm to our LGBT+ children, specifically transgender girls, who are interested in participating in school athletics. 1/ pic.twitter.com/C4tVCkj6ye
"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.
"I have struggled with this bill. I have struggled to understand why this is necessary. I have struggled to contemplate with everything going on in our state, people have job loss, people are dying of COVID... why this bill even got to the floor."
It has been reported that just eleven students in Florida have asked to compete in sports differing from their sex, since 2013.
What do you think?
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