South Carolina Bill to Ban Transgender Athletes from High School Sports Resurfaces at Statehouse | Columbia

South Carolina Bill to Ban Transgender Athletes from High School Sports Resurfaces at Statehouse |  Columbia

It moved out of a House Judiciary subcommittee April 8 by a 3-1 vote. 

SC bill to ban transgender athletes from high school sports resurfaces in Statehouse | Columbia More than a dozen people spoke against it, and 90 teachers statewide sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to again reject the legislation.

Despite heavy Republican support, the measure hit a roadblock in the House Judiciary Committee last month because of language that was viewed to be too simplistic in its definition of gender. It also failed to address science used by sports organizations such as the NCAA and International Olympics Committee to determine eligibility. Gone from the new version of the bill are such descriptions, which backers hope gives it an easier chance at passage.

“Here we are again. After all this has been addressed and tabled and put away, so I don’t know if it’s just pride at this point or what,” said Deb Foreman, president of the Spartanburg PFLAG chapter, a national organization of parents, families and allies of LGBTQ people. “Why do you all continue to set a table dishing up platefuls of discrimination?”

Twice in the past five years waivers have been granted in South Carolina to transgender women seeking spots on a girls’ team, S.C. High School Sports League officials have said. None have been issued for transgender men, though two such requests have been made. This is a developing story.

Follow Adam Benson on Twitter @AdamNewshound12. Similar legislation has been introduced in conservative-majority statehouses around the nation where it has run into legal challenges and civil rights complaints. In August 2020, a federal judge ruled that transgender women and girls in Idaho can’t be barred from competing in sports based on their gender identity, overruling that state’s Legislature.

Source www.postandcourier.com Similar legislation has been introduced in conservative-majority statehouses around the nation where it has run into legal challenges and civil rights complaints. In August 2020, a federal judge ruled that transgender women and girls in Idaho can’t be barred from competing in sports based on their gender identity, overruling that state’s Legislature.

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