Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida signed a bill banning transgender girls from women’s sports. However, female athletes can still participate on male teams.
The bill was signed against strong criticism on the first day of Pride Month, June 1. Senate Bill 1028, named the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, is included in an education bill set to go into effect on July 1. Women’s sports in public secondary, high schools, colleges, and universities will be impacted. “As a father of two daughters, I want my girls, and every girl in Florida, to compete on an even playing field for the opportunities available to young women in sports. Women have fought for decades to have equal opportunities in athletics, and we have to prevent those opportunities from being eroded as is happening in other states. It’s common sense,” said DeSantis.
Senator Kelli Stargel and Representative Kaylee Tuck were main proponents of the legislation. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act protects opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their strength, skills, and athletic abilities and to realize the long-term benefits that result from safely participating and competing in sports programs,” said Stargel. Opponents of the bill include LGBT activists who believe the action will harm transgender youth. “Gov. DeSantis and Florida lawmakers are legislating based on a false, discriminatory premise that puts the safety and well-being of transgender children on the line,” Human Rights Coalition President Alphonso David said.
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