Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law on Monday that effectively bans biological males from being able to compete against biological females in public schools.
The bill, which impacts sports from elementary school to collegiate sports, is due to take effect in mid-January and is aimed at protecting fairness in sports by eliminating what opponents say is an unfair competitive advantage.
House Bill 25, authored by state Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, will require student-athletes who compete in an interscholastic competitions to play on sports teams that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate at or near their time of birth. It is set to go into effect Jan. 18.
“Seven other states have passed similar laws this year, part of a Republican-led national campaign since Idaho in March 2020 barred athletes who were assigned a male gender at birth from competing on sports teams against those assigned as female in public schools or colleges,” Reuters reported. “Other states whose legislatures have followed Idaho’s lead include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee and West Virginia, while South Dakota’s governor acted by executive order.”