Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a invoice Tuesday banning transgender woman from competing in ladies’ and ladies’s public faculty staff sports activities. The signing comes on the primary day of Pleasure Month and simply 11 days earlier than the five-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub capturing in Orlando that left 49 lifeless.
DeSantis, a Republican, signed the invoice on a stage at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville with a number of teenage ladies standing behind him. He described the invoice as a option to defend “equity and integrity” in girls’s sports activities and stated, “that in Florida, ladies are going to play ladies’ sports activities and boys are going to play boys’ sports activities.”
The supply for Senate Invoice 1028, dubbed “Equity in Ladies’s Sports activities Act,” prohibits an athlete from competing in school-sponsored sports activities if the athlete was not assigned the feminine gender at delivery. Elementary faculty athletes are excluded from the ban.
Supporters argue that transgender girls being designated male at delivery offers them a bonus over different ladies taking part in the identical sports activities. The invoice, which was connected to a constitution faculty invoice, makes Florida essentially the most populous state to move a transgender