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Sport Arizona House approves ban on transgender female athletes

06:40  04 march  2020
06:40  04 march  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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'Forcing female athletes to compete against biological males isn’t fair and destroys their athletic opportunities,' the Alliance Defending Freedom Transgender girls and women would be barred from participating in sports on the team that aligns with their “ gender identity” under a proposed Arizona law.

Rep. Nancy Barto, a Phoenix Republican who is sponsoring the measure, argued it is necessary in the face of a lawsuit in Connecticut brought by the conservative Scottsdale-based group Alliance Defending Freedom and students who argue they unfairly lost out in competition with transgender athletes.

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Barto could not cite any such cases in Arizona of students missing out on scholarships or titles, but conservative groups have pushed similar laws across the country this year.

HB 2706 would require interscholastic and intramural leagues to designate sports as co-educational, male or female based on what the law terms "biological sex." Teams or sports designated as "female" would be closed "to students of the male sex."

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A bill introduced in the AZ legislature would ban female transgender athletes from competing against students of the gender they identify with. Transgender girls and women would be barred from participating in sports on the team that aligns with their gender identity under a proposed Arizona law.

“Forcing female athletes to compete against biological males isn’t fair and destroys their athletic opportunities,” attorney Matt Sharp, the ADF’s state government relations Conservative groups are also pushing bills that would bar doctors from providing them certain gender -related medical treatment.

The law would apply at both public and private schools, including community colleges and universities.

If disputed, an athlete could establish their sex through a genetic test.

Initially, Barto's bill called for students to meet three different requirements. They would have needed to get a sworn doctor's statement detailing their student's genetic makeup, "internal and external reproductive anatomy" and "normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone."

Democrats decried the bill as invasive and harmful to transgender students.

In turn, Barto amended the bill, scaling it back to only require a genetic test.

Barto argued the bill sets firm rules when it comes to gender in competitive sports, particularly when there are titles and big scholarships on the line.

"Shotputs are heavier for boys. Girls' basketballs are smaller. It makes a difference," she said.

Still, Democrats argued the measure amounts to an overreach by the state government into something better left to students, schools and families.

“We're policing gender,” said Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma. “We're trying to decide if that person is feminine enough or not feminine enough and we're using that to justify subjecting our transgender athletes to additional barriers to participating in sports.”

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona House approves ban on transgender female athletes

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