Lawmakers Limiting Trans Athletes Cite Few Examples

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Lawmakers in Wisconsin and Georgia are the latest to propose bills that would prevent transgender girls from participating in girls’ sports, while The Associated Press reported that the sponsors of similar bills across the nation have trouble citing local examples of what they are seeking to ban.

More than 20 states have introduced bills that would require individuals to compete in sports that align with their birth gender. Wisconsin’s bill includes sports from elementary school through college, while Senate Bill 266 that passed through Georgia’s Senate Education and Youth Committee would ban people born as males from competing in girls’ sports at public schools — or private schools that play against public schools.

“Trans girls are girls and as such should be allowed to participate in girls sports, and the title of this bill being ‘Save Girls Sports’ is offensive and disgusting,” said Caroline Holko, an opponent of the bill who lost a race in the House of Representatives last year, according to The Associated Press. “I can guarantee you that it will be litigated and it will end with legal discrimination against trans girls being allowed.”

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