In a victory for common sense and women’s rights, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law, a bill that bans trans women and trans girls, from participating in female sports.
“In Florida, girls are going to play girls sports and boys are going to play boys sports,” DeSantis said yesterday. According to Politico:
Dubbed the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” Florida’s new law establishes that women’s sports from middle school through college, including intramurals and club teams, are closed to males based on the biological sex listed on a student’s birth certificate.
The measure has been widely celebrated by Republicans for “protecting the integrity” of girls athletics.
More than 20 states in the US are bringing in similar laws. Yesterday was the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month. Democrats were quick to criticise DeSantis for signing the bill on such a big day for the LGBTQ community.
Democratic Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried said the move was “cruel.” DeSantis responded by saying that the decision to sign the bill yesterday had nothing to do with Pride month.
Last night, the Human Rights Campaign pledged to challenge the legislation in court, claiming that it is “fueled by discriminatory intent and not supported by fact.
The bill bans people whose biological sex is listed as male on their birth certificates from participating in women’s sports from middle school through college.
It’s a stone cold fact that if you are born with a penis you are male. Neither boys nor men should be permitted to participate in women’s sports. There’s nothing cruel about that.