Georgia joins a list of states moving to ban transgender athletes from competing as any gender other than their birth gender after Philip Singleton, a recently elected Republican state representative from Sharpsburg introduced the bill on Dec. 19, 2019.
According to Singleton’s proposal, House Bill 747, transgender athletes would not be allowed to compete at their assumed gender at public sports facilities.
“The Student-Athlete Protection Act is designed to ensure that biological boys will only compete in sports against other biological boys and vice-versa for girls,” Singleton said. “The intent of my bill is to make sure every student has the opportunity to compete fairly.”
He said his proposed legislation would affect individual sports such as track, and would not impact team sports, so it would not stop a girl from playing on a football team, for example.
Singleton said that the bill is not in response to any particular student and that he is not aware of any current conflicts in the state’s school systems. Still, he wanted to address any problems before they arise.
“We’re seeing a lot of things happening in states across the country, and a big part of my campaign promise was to preserve the character of my community,” Singleton said.
Breitbart reported, “The Georgia High School Association already bans transgender athletes from competing as any gender other than their birth gender. Singleton’s bill would codify that statewide.”
Earlier, on Dec. 16, 2019, Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Tenn.) filed similar legislation, which also contains a cancellation of funds to any school that violates the rule as “immediately ineligible to continue to receive public funds of any type from this state or a local government.”