In the wake of University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas causing an uproar over the gross unfairness of biological males competing against females in women’s sports, especially on the collegiate level, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives took action.
According to Fox News, the state House passed House Bill 972, called the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, in a 115–84 vote. The bill aims to set clear boundaries for genders in sports, and it will prevent biological males from competing with females, which a vast majority of people claim is outrageously unfair to hard-working female athletes.
The bill will soon move to the state Senate, where there is already a similar bill being worked on. However, that’s likely as far as the bill will go, as woke Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has vowed to veto any such legislation should it make it to his desk.
“As states across the country push transphobic legislation, some Republicans in the General Assembly are wasting time attempting the same in Pennsylvania,” the progressive governor tweeted. “It won’t get past my desk.”
As states across the country push transphobic legislation, some Republicans in the General Assembly are wasting time attempting the same in Pennsylvania.
It won’t get past my desk.
Let’s enhance protections for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians instead. Send me the bipartisan Fairness Act. pic.twitter.com/Srj8JBsJwn
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 12, 2022
Wolf went as far as claiming that such legislation is “transphobic.”
However, the language in the bill is far from “transphobic,” as it merely states that any “public institution of higher education or any school or institution where students or teams compete against a public school entity or public institution of higher education” will be required to designate their teams as either coed, male, or female.
It goes on to assure that sports “designated for females, women or girls” will not be open for biological males to compete in.
While the legislation likely won’t become law in the state until Pennsylvania voters elect a Republican governor, the symbolism at this point is important. Voters will take notice, come November.