(ChurchLeaders) Legislators with at least 19 states have introduced bills this year that would restrict student athletes to competing in sports based on their biological sex and not their gender identity. Critics of the legislation claim it violates transgender rights, while advocates argue that restrictions on transgender athletes, particularly trans women, are needed to protect women’s rights.
“It will ruin the opportunity for girls to earn scholarships,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, commenting on transgender women being allowed to compete against biological females. “It will put a glass ceiling back where there hasn’t been one. I think it will destroy women’s sports.”