Gov. DeSantis signs bill barring transgender females from women’s sports

  • Gov. DeSantis signs bill barring transgender females from women’s sports

Gov. DeSantis signs bill barring transgender females from women’s sports

The same day, the LGBTQ civil rights group the Human Rights Campaign announced its intention to sue the state.

In a press conference Tuesday morning, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that bans biological males from competing in biological female sports.

"Any dreams of being first or best were shattered", she said.

The Florida law mirrors an Idaho law, the first of its kind when enacted previous year, that is now mired in legal challenges.

Under the law, public secondary school and college sports teams are required to be designated based on "biological sex", thus prohibiting trans women and girls from participating on women's athletic teams. But governors in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee, and West Virginia have signed bills to this effect during the 2021 session, and South Dakota's governor issued executive orders with similar language. It says a transgender student athlete can't participate without first showing a birth certificate saying she was a girl when she was born.

"On the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month - and after a year in which more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth seriously considered attempting suicide - it is unconscionable that Florida politicians would go out of their way to target trans youth", said Sam Brinton, Vice President of advocacy and government affairs at The Trevor Project. All Floridians will have to face the consequences of this anti-transgender legislation - including economic harm, expensive taxpayer-funded legal battles, and a tarnished reputation.

"Governor 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", the organization's president, Alphonso David, said in a statement. "It's exclusively so that women have an opportunity to compete in women's sports".

DeSantis also dismissed a pressure campaign from corporations and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that they might pull out of Florida due to the bill. Those losses were averted when a 2019 settlement kept the state from barring transgender people from using bathrooms that conformed to their gender identity.

"In Florida, girls are going to play girl's sports, and boys are going to play boy's sports. We will stand up to groups like the NCAA who thinks hat they should be able to dictate the policies in different states", DeSantis continued. "Not here, not ever". DeSantis invited Selina Soule, who was a CT high school track runner who lost the opportunity to run in the New England Regional Championship because of biological males running in her division. She called it unfair. She claims that she was denied athletic opportunities when two trans athletes beat records she claims she wouldn't have been able to beat. "This is really just to throw red meat out there to really rally the base of people who are anti-LGBT".