Alabama has passed a law that will prevent transgender women (biological males) from competing in women's sports through the college level.
The new legislation states that even after men undergo hormone suppressants, they will still not be allowed to compete in women’s sports. Alabama had already passed a similar law in 2021 preventing men from competing in women’s sports in K-12.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the law on Tuesday, saying that no amount of arguments could be offered for her to justify allowing men to compete in women’s sports.
"Look, if you are a biological male, you are not going to be competing in women’s and girls' sports in Alabama. It’s about fairness, plain and simple," Ivey said in a statement after making the law official.
Rep. Susan DuBose, who sponsored the bill, said that “no amount of hormone therapy can undo all those advantages.”
“Forcing women to compete against biological men would reverse decades of progress that women have made for equal opportunity in athletics,” DuBose said during a debate on the bill.
The LGBTQ community has a highly different perspective on the new law. Carmarion D. Anderson-Harvey, the Alabama state director of the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for LGBTQ+ people, said the legislation is evidence of a "systematic attack against LGBTQ+ people"
"In just two years,(Ivey) and extremist lawmakers in Alabama have passed four anti-LGBTQ+ bills. From dictating what bathrooms we can use to blatantly ignoring the actual problems in women’s sports, these politicians are making Alabama an increasingly hostile place for transgender people and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole," Anderson-Harvey said.
Translation: we don’t like that lawmakers are setting boundaries on our perverted lifestyles to protect other citizens.
Alabama is one of the 20 states in the country that has placed some sort of ban on transgenders participating in women’s sports. Hopefully that number reaches 50 sometime very soon.
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