Texas takes a stand: No trans athletes in college sports

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced plans to prohibit biological men from competing against women in college sports, a move that follows the state’s ban on transgender competitors in public schools. This new proposal comes in response to a growing national debate on whether athletes born as male should be allowed to compete against biological females.

Lawmakers in Texas have filed a bill to ban trans women from competing against biological women in college sports, with 17 other states having already passed laws or restrictions on transgender people participating in sports. However, many of these laws have subsequently been challenged in court.

The issue was brought into the national spotlight by Harvard transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, a 22-year-old University of Pennsylvania swimmer originally from Austin, Texas.

While participating in college sports, she broke records and won titles, with some teammates arguing she had an “unfair biological advantage.” Thomas was able to participate due to hormone treatment to lower her testosterone level, a requirement by the NCAA, which recently updated its policy to support transgender athletes.

Abbott referenced Thomas during his remarks, expressing concern that men could be empowered to compete against women.

He added that this proposal does not support the rights of women to succeed in the world, which has been a hard-fought battle. If the bill is passed in Texas, it would almost certainly result in a court battle, similar to what has happened in many other states.

While Florida has already passed a similar law called the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which bans anyone born biologically male from competing against women in public school and college sports, it has faced multiple legal challenges in court. Despite this, the law is still currently in place.

LGBTQ groups in Texas have spoken out against Abbott’s proposal, with Equality Texas tweeting that this legislation would abandon trans athletes and leave them without a way to express themselves in sports.

Trans people have been pushing back on Texas’ law restricting them from competing since it was introduced, arguing that these laws are hurting girls because transgender girls are girls. Science supports that transgender people are valid, and they should be allowed to play sports.

In conclusion, the debate over transgender athletes in college sports is a complex issue that will continue to be discussed in the coming months and years. As the debate rages on, it is essential to ensure that all athletes are given the opportunity to participate and excel, regardless of their gender identity.

While the issue is likely to remain controversial, it is crucial to remember that inclusivity, fairness, and equality should always be at the forefront of our discussions.