Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) announced Friday that he’d signed a law prohibiting transgender children from participating in middle and high school sports under their gender identity. He said the legislation would “ensure fair competition.” Activists haveover the law, which opponents have called discriminatory and harmful — even potentially deadly — to transgender children. Tennessee is the third state to in March alone. Arkansas on Thursday , and Mississippi passed a similar prohibition earlier this month. We’ll see them in court. — ACLU (@ACLU) March 26, 2021
Under Tennessee’s ban, student-athletes must prove what sex they were law violates Title IX, a federal civil rights law prohibiting sex-based discrimination in schools that receive federal money.at birth to participate in middle and high school sports. In a statement posted to Twitter, Lee said he “signed the bill to preserve women’s athletics.” “This legislation responds to damaging federal policies that oppose the years of progress made under Title IX, and I commend members of the General Assembly for their bipartisan ” he added. Opponents, however, have argued that the
and researchers have also noted the lack of evidence supporting the necessity of such a ban. “Attempts to force transgender girls to play on the boys’ teams are unconscionable attacks on already marginalized transgender children, and they don’t address a real problem,” Jack Turban, a child psychiatry fellow at Stanford University, wrote for Scientific earlier this month. “They’re unscientific, and they would cause serious mental health damage to both cisgender and transgender youth.” Tennessee’s new ban is among a spate of anti-transgender laws being considered in at least 20 nationwide. A similar from girls’ sports appears close to passage in South Dakota.
In Arkansas, another anti-LGBTQ bill sits on Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk. It would allow doctors to refuse to treat someone for moral or religious reasons. In Alabama, the statethat would bar transgender youth from seeking treatment with puberty blockers, hormone treatment, or surgery. Parents of transgender . “This the children umbrella, but the truth is that children who are not gender-conforming, this won’t save them — this is going to endanger them,” Gerry Paige Smith, the parent of a transgender son, told The Associated Press. Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter.