Tennessee student-athletes can have to submit proof of their organic intercourse at delivery — and compete in accordance to that designation — beneath a transgender sports bill signed into regulation by Republican Gov. Bill Lee.
The regulation made Tennessee the third state this yr, and the second in two days, to enact measures meant to maintain genetic males who determine as feminine out of women’ sports.
“I signed the bill to protect ladies’s athletics and guarantee honest competitors,” Lee tweeted after signing the bill Friday.
The measure zoomed by means of the state legislature in simply six weeks and handed on a bipartisan 71-16 vote Monday with little debate.
Lee had signaled his assist for the trouble earlier final month, when he instructed reporters that he believed “transgenders collaborating in ladies’s sports will destroy ladies’s sports.
“It is going to put a glass ceiling again over ladies that hasn’t been there in a while,” he mentioned.
However critics like Hedy Weinberg of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee known as the bill a “shameful” effort to legalize discrimination.
“Ought to any transgender scholar be excluded due to this new regulation, we’ll see [Lee] in courtroom,” Weinberg mentioned.
Mississippi and Arkansas have enacted comparable legal guidelines in latest weeks, following Idaho’s transgender sports ban final yr. A minimum of 21 different states are debating copycat measures.