Some Tennessee legislators are looking to bypass the recent swell of LGBTQ activism, introducing new legislation that would ban transgender students from playing on an athletic team that does not match the gender on their birth certificate.
Should schools decide not to comply, their public funding would get cut.
During a Wednesday CNN interview, Tennessee State Rep. Bruce Griffey — who introduced the legislation — said that the bill is a “proactive measure [to] maintain fairness,” arguing that female athletes get the bad end of the deal when it comes to transgender women (biological males) joining female teams.
He noted biological men have increased upper-body strength and “larger hearts,” providing a large advantage, according to The Hill.
“It’s not intended to demean, degrade, or diminish anyone,” Griffey said. “It’s just trying to maintain fairness.”
The legislation has been met with strong resistance from LGBTQ groups.
Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, deemed it an “attack on transgender student athletes.”
“The bill is an attack on transgender student athletes and the extreme penalties for school administrators and school districts are unprecedented,” Sanders said in a statement. “The provisions about birth certificates will prove unworkable for school districts. This is poorly written, cruel public policy.”
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