Bill Placed Against Transgender Athletes from Competing in Scholastic Sports

Being comfortable in your own body is one of the most important factors that should play a role in your life and lifestyle. If you don’t feel comfortable, it’s completely ok to make the change so you are content with your life. Some states are beginning to make this more difficult than it should be. States such as Florida and West Virginia are creating laws that change how transgenders will compete in sports, and they aren’t exactly heavily supported.

In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill banning transgender women from participating in girl’s and women’s sports. The bill prevents them from playing scholastic sports in Florida. “They deserve an even playing field, and that’s what we’re doing,” DeSantis stated in a press conference regarding the signing of the bill. The Florida bill does not apply to elementary schools, or transgender boys from competing in boy’s and men’s scholostaic sporting events. Many equal rights advocates believe that this is DeSantis saying transgender women shouldn’t be classified as girls and is angering many advocates and activists in the United States.

West Virginia was the first state to sign this bill into action. Governor Jim Justice signed the bill stating that transgender women are not allowed to compete in sporting events or sports in high school, middle school, and college. Again, it is important to bring up that this bill has no affect on transgender men whatsoever, which is not very popular among the public. According to AP News, Governor Justice explained he, “would ‘proudly’ sign the bill despite warnings from some lawmakers that the NCAA could retaliate and decide not to hold college tournaments in the state.” This idea comes from the event where NCAA Championships in 2016 were removed from North Carolina after bills were passed about transgenders and using public restrooms.

Including West Virginia and Florida, 30 states in our country are considering signing and passing this bill. This will certainly have differing opinions in the modern-day society, as the bill is very controversial, and transgender men and boys not being involved is controversial as well.

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