Listen to this article Wyoming Prohibits Transgender Minors From Participating In Girls’ Sports Teams
Wyoming has become the 19th US state to pass a law banning transgender athletes from playing on girls or women’s sports teams. The law prohibits “students of the male sex” from competing on teams designated for “students of the female sex.” The law will take effect from July 1.
Governor Mark Gordon allowed the bill to become law without his signature, despite concerns that the ban is discriminatory and violates principles of equality. He expressed support for fairness in competitive female sports but noted that the law is overly draconian and discriminatory.
Criticism from ACLU and Advocacy Groups
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) criticized the law, calling it unconstitutional and discriminatory. LGBTQ advocacy groups also condemned the legislation, stating that it codifies discrimination and erases and excludes trans people from participation in public life.
LGBTQ advocacy groups have planned to file a lawsuit against the law, arguing that it violates the Civil Rights Act. If the law is suspended due to a suit, a five-member school activity commission will determine on an individual basis if transgender students are eligible to compete in gender-designated sports.
Similar Laws in Other States
Wyoming joins 18 other states that have already passed similar laws, including Florida, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.Read more: Wyoming Prohibits Transgender Minors From Participating In Girls’ Sports Teams