House Passes Transgender Bill

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The Florida House has passed a bill banning transgender girls from participating in women’s sports. Supporters of HB 1475 also called the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” say the bill will preserve the integrity of women’s sports because transgender girls have an unfair advantage. The vote was 77-40.

The bill says a student’s gender would be determined by their reproductive anatomy, genetic makeup or “normal endogenously produced testosterone levels.”

If the bill becomes law, students’ schools would have to resolve disputes “by requesting that the student provide a health examination and consent form or other statement signed by the student’s personal health care provider which must verify the student’s biological sex.”

Lake Placid Republican Kaylee Tuck said “biological women” could face a competitive disadvantage competing against individuals born male, but who now identify as female.

With the passing of HB 1475 in the House, all eyes now turn to the Senate, where a similar measure, SB 2012, is being debated.