Wyoming has become the 19th state in the United States to fight the transgender agenda and ban men from competing in women’s sports. It did so with a new law, SEA 92, which bans biological males from participating in girls’ sports in the state’s schools from grades 7-12
To achieve that end, the bill provides, in part, that:
(a) A public school or a private school that competes against a public school shall expressly designate school athletic activities and teams as one (1) of the following based on sex:
(i) Designated for students of the male sex;
(ii) Designated for students of the female sex; or
(iii) Coed or mixed.
(b) A student of the male sex shall not compete, and a public school shall not allow a student of the male sex to compete, in an athletic activity or team designated for students of the female sex.
(c) A government entity or licensing or accrediting organization shall not entertain a complaint, open an investigation or take any other adverse action against a school described in subsection (a) of this section for maintaining separate school athletic activities and teams for students of the female sex.
Wyoming’s governor, Mark Gordon, did not sign the bill, though he allowed it to pass without his signature, so it will go into effect without him signing it. He refused to sign it because he viewed it as discriminatory, writing in a letter to Wyoming Secretary of State Scott Grey:
While I freely acknowledge the intent of this legislation is well-meaning as a way to protect the integrity and fairness of women’s sports in our state, by enacting an outright ban on transgender individuals participating in team sports I believe Wyoming sends a harmful message that these individuals and their families do not deserve the same opportunities as others.
Terry Schilling, the President of the American Principles Project, pushed back on that argument. He did so in a statement released in support of the legislation. In the statement, he said, “Men cannot become women, period. However they identify, males will still retain the athletic advantages that come with their biological sex.”
He then added, “It’s not at all ‘draconian’ or ‘discriminatory’ to limit girls’ athletics to girls; in fact, it’s simple commonsense that polling shows most Americans agree with. It’s unfortunate some of our leaders have been duped into believing such a policy is somehow controversial.”
He then said, “We applaud Wyoming legislators for taking this step to preserve fairness and integrity in girls’ sports, and we look forward to seeing even more states—and eventually Congress—enact these important protections as well.”
Breitbart, adding some context to the Wyoming legislature’s recent decision, noted that:
The legislation comes as a number of different states take action to defend children from transgender ideology. In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee recently signed legislation banning the use of sex change operations, cross sex hormone treatment, and puberty blockers on minors. He also signed legislation banning drag performances on public property and in the presence of children.
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