IDAHO: Republican Gov. Brad Little has signed bills into law that ban transgender girls and women (biological males) from competing in women’s sports, as well as approving legislation that prohibits transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates.
NBC News Idaho is e first among more than 40 states that have introduced such legislation this year to enact them.
The sports ban applies to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. A girls’ or women’s team will not be open to male transgender students who identify as female. Backers said the law was needed because transgender female athletes have physical advantages. (Not to mention the unfair advantage they hold in getting college athletic scholarships)
Biological males have significant athletic advantages over women. Additionally, science confirms that many of these advantages, such as height, lung capacity, bone size and even increased testosterone levels are not reversed by cross-sex hormones. Even liberal feminists recognize the inherent biological differences between the sexes.
Opponents said it discriminated against transgender girls and women, and would subject athletes to invasive tests to prove their gender, likely causing some potential athletes to avoid sports.
The birth certificate measure ignores a 2018 federal court ruling that a past law barring transgender people from making the birth certificate changes violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Backers of the birth certificate legislation said the federal court was wrong, and the law is needed so Idaho has accurate birth records. It takes effect July 1.
ARIZONA House passes bill barring biological male transgender women from female school sports.
AZ Family A bill that would bar transgender women and girls from playing on female school sports teams passed the Arizona House Tuesday. It faced strong criticism from House Democrats but was carried by a Republican majority and passed 31 to 29.
“Women are being displaced in their own sport. The playing field is no longer level,” said Republican Representative Nancy Barto, who authored the bill.
HB 2706 would require female high school and college athletes to prove their biological sex if a student athlete disputed it. They’d be required to present a signed statement from a doctor based on a genetic test confirming the student’s sex.
The bill would apply to all public schools and private schools that are part of an interscholastic athletic association, and all universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents.
According to the bill, any student athlete who claims they’ve been negatively affected by a transgender athlete can dispute the athlete’s gender. Under this bill they would also be protected from retaliation.