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Thu Apr 15, 2021, 12:57 PM

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TEXAS LEGISLATURE 2021

Transgender students in Texas would be barred from school sports teams matching their gender identity under a bill advanced by state Senate

The proposal would prohibit students from participating in a sport “that is designated for the biological sex opposite to the student’s biological sex as determined at the student’s birth.”

BY SHAWN MULCAHY APRIL 14, 2021UPDATED: 16 HOURS AGO

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Transgender students would be banned from competing on school sports teams based on their gender identity under a bill that received initial approval by the Texas Senate on Wednesday.

Despite immense opposition from civil rights groups and Democrats, the upper chamber voted on a party-line, 18-13 vote to advance Senate Bill 29. The measure needs one more vote before it’s sent to the Texas House.

The proposal would prohibit students from participating in a sport “that is designated for the biological sex opposite to the student’s biological sex as determined at the student’s birth.” Students would be required to prove their “biological sex” by showing their original, unamended birth certificates.

State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, argued that the prohibition is necessary to keep girls safe from injury and to retain fairness in interscholastic athletics. But Perry acknowledged that he doesn’t know of any transgender students currently competing in Texas school sports.

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