Texas House passes bill preventing transgender male high school athletes from joining women’s sports

Over the past few years, controversy erupted in high school sports as in many locations, transgender athletes were allowed to compete in sports opposite of their biological sex, which many believe gives biological men a ridiculously unfair advantage by competing in girls’ sports.

However, that controversy is one vote and a signature away from ending in the red state of Texas, as the state’s Republican-led House passed a bill that requires transgender athletes in public school systems to compete on teams that match their biological gender, the Washington Examiner reports

Republican state Rep. Valoree Swanson (TX) introduced the bill with the hopes of once again leveling the playing field, and allowing high school sports — a key past-time in the state — to continue as they once were.

She added that the bill is primarily meant to protect female high school athletes who might have important and much-needed scholarships and other opportunities stripped away by being outperformed by transgender male teammates.

“This is all about girls and protecting them in our UIL sports,” Swanson said. “I’m excited that we have the opportunity today to stand up for our daughters, granddaughters, and all our Texas girls.”

The bill, which easily passed in the state House in a 76–54 vote is expected to soon hit the floor of the Texas Senate, where it’s also expected to breeze through given the Republican majority. After that, it will go to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for a signature.

Not surprisingly, radical progressives have already pushed back on the legislation, with some of its critics even labeling it as a “hateful bill,” arguing that there haven’t been any formal complaints, as of yet, from female athletes with regard to playing alongside transgender males.

“How can you say that girls are being unfairly positioned in competition in the state of Texas to justify this bill (when) there has not been a single complaint to the UIL about transgendered athletes competing,” asked Rep. Julie Johnson (D).

While there might not be any formal complaints lodged at that level yet, should the situation remain the same, it would likely only be a matter of time before the complaints begin rolling in, especially from concerned parents who depend on their star athletes to be the best for the greatest chance at scholarship money.