- Transgender people have been targeted by legislation nationwide, particularly transgender female athletes.
- Arizona and Oklahoma on Wednesday signed bills banning transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams.
- Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has also approved legislation banning sex reassignment surgery for minors.
On Wednesday, two Republican-led states joined a conservative movement to enact legislation targeting the transgender community.
Oklahoma and Arizona have passed bills banning transgender girls and women from playing women’s sports.
“When it comes to sports and athletics: Girls should compete with girls. Boys should compete with boys,” Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said at the signing of the law. Save Women’s Sports,” according to NBC News. “Let’s be very clear – that’s all this bill says.”
“We protect women’s sport. We ensure a level playing field for female athletes who work hard to train hard, who are committed to their team, who dream of being #1 in their sport, who deserve fair competition , ” He continued. “The reality is that men are biologically different from women.”
NBC News reported that a dozen other states, including Arizona, have signed similar laws banning transgender girls from competing on women’s sports teams.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a series of other bills into law on Wednesday, including a law banning transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams and another banning sex reassignment surgery for minors. .
“Today I signed SB 1138 and SB 1165, legislation to protect participation and fairness for female athletes, and to ensure that those undergoing irreversible sex reassignment surgery are of legal age,” Ducey said in a note Wednesday. “This legislation is common sense and narrowly aimed at addressing these two specific issues —while ensuring that transgender people continue to receive the same dignity, respect and kindness as every individual in our society.”
“Every young athlete in Arizona should have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities that give them a sense of belonging and allow them to grow and thrive,” Ducey said at the signing of the bill Wednesday. , reported the Associated Press.
The new laws in Arizona and Oklahoma follow Republican state leaders across the country enacting legislation targeting the transgender community, alongside other members of the LGBTQ+ community. In Florida, state Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the “Don’t Say Gay” bill on Tuesday, restricting discussions of gender and sexuality in kindergarten through third grade classrooms.
Advocates have condemned other laws targeting the transgender community — such as Texas’s allowing parents and caregivers to be investigated for providing gender-affirming care to children — as “monstrous” and “immoral,” had previously reported Insider.