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Texas House passes bill requiring transgender athletes to compete on teams matching birth gender

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Texas House passes bill requiring transgender athletes to compete on teams matching birth gender

Kaelan Deese October 15, 01:18 PMOctober 15, 01:18 PM

The Texas House passed a bill Thursday requiring transgender public school athletes to compete on teams matching their birth gender, sending the measure to be deliberated on by the state Senate.

The bill, which passed the state House in a 76-54 vote, restricts public school athletes to playing on teams matching the biological sexes listed on their birth certificates and prevents biological men who identify as women from gaining an unfair advantage in women’s sports, Republican state Rep. Valoree Swanson, who introduced the bill, said.

“This is all about girls and protecting them in our UIL sports,” Swanson said. “I’m excited that we have the opportunity today to stand up for our daughters, granddaughters, and all our Texas girls.”

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The measure does allow modified birth certificates to be accepted, but only if they have been altered “to correct a clerical error,” according to the bill’s text.

Swanson claimed there has been an increase in inquiries to the state’s University Interscholastic League to implement a policy addressing the inequity when biological males compete in women’s sports.

But critics have pushed back at Swanson’s claims, calling the measure a “hateful bill” that undermines transgender people and denying there was an uptick in complaints filed to the UIL.

“How can you say that girls are being unfairly positioned in competition in the state of Texas to justify this bill (when) there has not been a single complaint to the UIL about transgendered athletes competing,” Rep. Julie Johnson asked.

In a Thursday statement, the American Civil Liberties Union took aim at the bill, saying, “The Texas House just passed a cruel and unconstitutional bill, HB25, denying transgender youth the right to play sports.”

State Democratic Rep. Erin Zwiener, a detractor of the bill, said Thursday, “We’re not stopping the fight to protect trans kids.”

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The measure is likely to pass the GOP-led Senate and reach the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott, who added the bill to special legislative sessions after Democrats stonewalled its passage during the regular session that ended in May.

The Washington Examiner contacted the UIL but did not immediately receive a response.

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