Posted by 08 January 2020
How transgender athletes play school sports is at issue in this year’s Tennessee legislative session.
Under HB 1572, schools that allow a transgender boy to compete on a girls’ team or a transgender girl to compete on a boys’ team would be penalized. Schools that do not assign transgender athletes to teams of their birth sex would lose state funding.
This legislation comes in the wake of growing concerns among some that transgender athletes have a competitive advantage when competing in gender-specific sports, especially transgender girls competing in girls’ sports. Some critics allege that these transgender athletes have a biological edge that sets them apart from other athletes.
Opponents of this legislation push back, saying that transgender girls are girls, and should not be discriminated against. They argue that this will single out transgender children and set back the effort to provide them equal rights.
If Tennessee legislators pass this legislation, the state will likely face a lawsuit.
Do you think transgender athletes should only be allowed to play on sports teams that align with their birth gender?