A lawmaker in the state of Alabama recently proposed a bill that seeks to have students under the age of 12 participate in athletic competitions that correspond to their birth sex.
Chris Pringle (R-Mobile), sponsored the Gender is Real Act (GIRL) that he will introduce in the next legislative session of the state Congress scheduled for Feb. 4.
“Gender is real,” Pringle said in a press release quoted by local media Al.com.
“There are biological differences between boys and girls that influence athletic performance. The GIRL bill seeks to support female student-athletes so that they may compete against each other and not have to compete against male students with an unfair advantage,” Pringle added.
The bill would require public schools not to participate, sponsor, or send coaches to competitions or sporting events where biological children (based on birth certificates) are allowed to compete against girls and vice versa.
The rule would prohibit counties, cities, and other local government institutions from allowing competitions in which players participate on teams other than their biological sex to be held on their premises.
More and more laws for equity in sport
This regulation is very similar to the one recently introduced in the state of Tennessee in December that would require public elementary and secondary schools to ensure that student-athletes participate in school-sanctioned sports based on the student’s biological sex as indicated on the athlete’s original birth certificate issued at birth.
The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Bruce Griffey, told CNN that the measure was “proactive” and designed to “maintain equity.”
“It is not intended to disparage, degrade, or diminish anyone,” Griffey said.
“It’s just trying to maintain fairness,” and Washington state is also debating the participation of transgender men in women’s sports competitions thanks to a bill introduced by state Rep. Bill Klippert (R-Wash.).
The bill would prevent those men by birth who identify with the opposite gender from competing in women’s sports, although it would not necessarily affect all sports, but would target especially female students who participate in individual track and field competitions.
Klippert said, “I’m running this to support female athletes so they can compete with each other and not have to compete against male athletes who have different hormones flowing through their veins, which gives them much more muscle capacity.
Trans men have an unfair competitive advantage over women
The inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports competitions has sparked controversy in states such as Connecticut where transgender athletes have gained a significant advantage in several competitions.
A teenage athlete whose chances to run in front of college coaches was cut short after being defeated by two boys, filed a federal lawsuit with the Connecticut Office of Civil Rights.
Selina Soule, who competes on the track at Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, Connecticut, couldn’t qualify for the 55-meter event at the New England regionals because two biological children took the top two spots, she said, according to The Daily Signal.
“There’s no way one of us biological girls will be able to outrun those transgender athletes,” Selina said.
In this regard, former tennis champion Martina Navratilova, who is openly gay, said in a recently published opinion piece that many transgender women, even after undergoing hormone treatment, have an unfair advantage over other competitors.
Policies that allow men to identify themselves as women in the athletic competition are generating a lot of controversy in sports.
Many claim that these policies are acting as real discrimination against women, eliminating achievement and scholarship opportunities for deserving athletes like Selina Soule and her classmates.