Alabama Governor Ivy Signs Ban on Transgender Athletes

Montgomery, Alabama (AP) — Republican Governor Kay Ivy signed a law on Friday restricting transgender students from participating in K-12 sports, leaving Alabama with transgender girls on a women’s sports team. Made into the latest conservative state that bans playing.

Ivy’s office has announced in an email that public kindergarten to high school schools have signed a bill that “biological men may never be allowed to join women’s teams.” Asked if the governor had comments on the decision, spokeswoman Gina Maiora said she could confirm that the governor had signed the bill, but did not elaborate.

HB391, a proponent of the bill, states that transgender girls are born larger, faster and have an unfair advantage in competition. Opponents argue that the bill is rooted in discrimination and fear and violates federal law prohibiting sexism in education.

“The HB391 is just a politically motivated bill aimed at discriminating against already vulnerable people. By signing this law, Governor Ivy is forcing the exclusion of transgender children. Let’s clarify here: Transgender children are children. They deserve the same opportunity to learn valuable skills in teamwork, sportsmanship, and healthy competition with peers, “said the Human Rights Campaign. President Alfonso David said in a statement.

The Alabama House cast 74-19 votes on a bill sponsored by Hartselle Republican Scott Stathagen. Senate Alabama cast 25-5 votes on the bill.

“I would like to thank Governor Ivy for his leadership and protection of the rights of female athletes in Alabama. It’s not always easy to confront the right thing, but it’s always right,” Stadthagen said on Friday. Told.

“It’s unfair for biological men to compete and defeat women in high school sports,” said Republican Senator Garlan Gudger in Kalman’s Senate debate last week on the bill. He said the bill was needed to protect the integrity of women’s athletic programs.

Nationally, Republican legislatures are struggling to come up with real-world cases where transgender girl participation has caused problems for girls’ sports teams. Associated Press Recently contacted It has become a problem among hundreds of thousands of American teenagers playing high school sports, with 20 state legislators sponsoring such measures across the country and conservative groups supporting them. It turns out that I’ve only been there a few times.

Mississippi Republican Governor Tate Reeves Last Month signature A bill banning transgender athletes from competing in women’s and women’s sports teams. Idaho became the first state to pass such a ban last year, but faces legal issues.Kansas Governor Laura Kelly on Thursday Reject A bill banning transgender students from school sports for girls and women. She said the Republican-backed measures were murderers harming children.

Critics of such bills are worried that the measure could come at the expense of hosting sporting events in the state. Senate minority leader Bobby Singleton said last week that the bill would give Alabama “black eyes” as the state seeks to recruit industrial and sporting events in the state. “We spend a lot of time on this kind of madness,” said Singleton.

As similar bills occur throughout the county, the NCAA, which regulates college athletics in the United States, has expressed support for transgender athletes and warned that championships will only be held in “non-discriminatory” locations. ..

“We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine if the NCAA Championship can be conducted in a way that welcomes and respects all participants,” the NCAA statement read.

The NCAA now requires transgender women to receive medication to lower testosterone levels before participating in women’s sports.