New bill could stop ‘unfair’ advantage over biological athletes
Missouri state lawmakers are weighing in on a proposal that would restrict transgender high school pupils from competing in teams that don’t match their biological gender.
State Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, R-Shelby County, argued that transgender athletes have an unfair advantage over those who are competing with their identifying birth gender, according to Springfield’s KY3.
“It is a known biological fact that males are born with categorically superior strength, speed, and endurance,” O’Laughlin said.
“It has nothing to do with any other issue than trying to create a fair playing field.”
Transgender athletes, under the current Missouri law, must apply to the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) if they want to play on teams that don’t match their assigned birth gender.
The trans athletes are then required to submit medical records and other relevant documentation.
Transgender women must prove then they’ve been on testosterone blockers for a year and stick with them.
But critics of O’Laughlin’s proposal argue that Missouri’s current laws on the matter already provide a fair vetting process.
“They have provided fair and inclusive parameters for inclusion in sports,” Jennifer Mock, a mom of transgender athlete, told KY3.
“These parameters allow my son to play the game [of hockey] he’s always wanted to play with his childhood peers.”
In December, the HB 1572 bill was proposed in Tennesee that would require students at secondary and elementary schools to compete in sports purely based on their biological sex, and not what they ‘identify as,’ according to the Tennessee Star.
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The bill, which was submitted by State Rep. Bruce Griffey (R), would make it mandatory for schools to comply with gender segregation.
If the bill is passed, schools will face fines up to $10,000 for non-compliance with the bill.
In May last year, the Democrat-controlled House voted 236-173 in favor of the Equality Act, which would make it mandatory for schools to allow male athletes to identify as transgender to be included in female sports.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” the bill will also amend protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law.
“With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushing through passage in the U.S. House of Representative HR 5 — the Equality Act — that, among other things, creates a civil right for male athletes to self-identify as females in sports competitions, I believe it is important for states to take a stand,” Griffey said.