Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, has signed a bill banning transgender athletes from competing in female sports...
As he claims it will "help promote and maintain fairness in women's sporting events."
But, of course, opinions are seriously divided 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.
Last month, 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.
Then, Kansas followed suit.
The state voted in favor of a similar bill, which will see transgender athletes fully banned from competing on female sports teams.
And now, Arkansas has...
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the bill banning transgender athletes from participating in women's sports into law yesterday.
Of course, many are outraged...
I don’t know the answer to the issues facing the world ... but I do know hate and discrimination of young people in a tough time in their lives is not the answer. Shame on you.— luke mo (@luke_mo_) March 26, 2021
Ignorant and hateful as all hell. I was a high school athlete and definitely faced way more danger from creepy coaches and agro parents than from any trans students.— TheSeriousMoonlight (@MsBaileyGurl) March 26, 2021
Trans women are women and should compete against women.— Nerdy Little Secret - WEAR A MASK FFS 😷 (@themightyjulie) March 25, 2021
However, others are pleased with the result.
Sounds like a sensible decision.— KH (@kh_99) March 25, 2021
Biological males should compete with other biological males. The only way for sport to be fair and safe.— Iris (@Iris_ish_) March 26, 2021
No one has been banned. They've been told to compete with those of the same sex.
no, it's a very good bill and I hope more states adopt similar ones— Sandra N. (@SandraHelena39) March 25, 2021
Yesterday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Senate Bill 354, which bans transgender women and girls from participating in school sports.
The bill was first proposed by attorney general Leslie Rutledge, who at the time said her legislation was in response to President Joe Biden's executive order that prohibited discrimination based on gender identity in school sports.
In a statement, Hutchinson described his decision as a way to "promote and maintain fairness in women's sporting events."
"Today, I have signed into law SB354, called the 'Fairness in Women's Sports Act'," he said.
"I have studied the law and heard from hundreds of constituents on this issue. I signed the law as a fan of women's sports from basketball to soccer and including many others in which women compete successfully."
"This law simply says that female athletes should not have to compete in a sport against a student of the male sex when the sport is designed for women's competition. As I have stated previously, I agree with the intention of this law. This will help promote and maintain fairness in women's sporting events."
Arkansas is the second state this year to instate a ban.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.