Florida Becomes Latest State to Ban Transgender Girls From Sports

The teens at the center of the fight over transgender athletes' rights

The teens at the center of the fight over transgender athletes' rights

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

Ron DeSantis made major waves this week he signed a controversial bill into law that effectively bans transgender athletes from competing in high school girls' and college women's sports.

"We're gonna go based off biology, not based off ideology when we're doing sports", stated DeSantis before he signed the bill.

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

"The Human Rights Campaign will always stand up to anti-equality forces on behalf of transgender kids, and that is exactly what we plan to do by legally challenging this ban on the participation of transgender girls and women in sports", said HRC president Alphonso David. It says a transgender student athlete can't participate without first showing a birth certificate saying she was a girl when she was born. Shevrin Jones. "At the end of the day, transgender kids are just kids". 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.

"It's shameful that our Governor and Florida's Republican Party would attack a group of people who already experience constant discrimination, bullying and high rates of suicide", Eskamani said.

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The Florida law mirrors an Idaho law, the first of its kind when enacted past year, that is now mired in legal challenges. When a trans young person is told they cannot play the sport they love exclusively because of who they are, it can be incredibly harmful to their mental health and sense of self, and contribute to increased risk for suicide.

Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee and West Virginia have passed similar legislation and South Dakota's governor has signed an executive order supporting a sports ban.

Soule spoke at the Jacksonville press conference in support of 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.

"I've always heard as a kid, "You run like a girl, '" she said, referring to a video showing Selina Soule, a CT track athlete who filed a lawsuit over biologically male transgender athletes competing in high school girls" sports. "We'll stand up to corporations - they are not going to dictate the policies in this state", he said. "Not here, not ever".

A CT track athlete, Selina Soule, joined the Florida governor at the news conference to talk about how she failed to advance in competitions because she competed against transgender athletes. She called it unfair.

She said it was "demoralizing" to be sidelined in her own sport, talking about how she, and other girls in the state, were denied countless opportunities because of those two athletes.

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