Volume 2 Issue 7

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Texas GOP's Anti-Transgender Bill goes into action.

Date of News: 

18-01-2022

Date of Publication: 

10-02-2022

Unique ID:

202281540

Name of the Author: 

Samiksha Anil Malvade

Field of Law: 

Sports Law

Content of News:

Greg Abbott and the legislative house of Texas passed a bill to restrict the participation of transgender females in female sports. The bill which was passed in the month of October, has officially gone into effect on the 18th of January. The bill was primarily bought into action due to the concern that female transgender players have an unfair biological advantage which tampers with the spirit of fairness and also hinders the chances of biological females getting into collegiate sports. Lawmakers and critics have pointed out that the bill goes against current interpretation of Title IX, a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on the basis of sex in education, which also encompasses gender identity and sexual orientation protections.This bill raised a lot of controversy in the Texan LGTQ community due to its discriminatory nature but the bill peddlers and legislators have defended the bill by highlighting its codification of the UIL (University Interscholastic Leagues) mandates. The UIL mandates previously stated that entry into collegiate sports will be based on the candidates birth certificate, which technically meant that transgender people would accepted into varsity play considering their birth documents were corrected legally. However in a 2016 recount of the rules, the UIL clarified that only clerical error corrections will be considered.

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