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Texas House Passes Bill to Protect Girls' Sports

Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

The Texas House approved a bill that will base school sports teams on the biological sex of the individual.

Texas House Bill 25 passed with a 76-54 vote on Thursday and is expected to pass the Senate, according to The Texas Tribune.

The bill requires “public school students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex,” the state site says.

This means that students will be required to participate on school teams based on their biological sex, not the gender with which they identify.

This bill, introduced by Representative Valoree Swanson, is aimed at protecting biological females from discrimination in school sports.

“This is all about girls and protecting them in our UIL sports,” Swanson said, according to the Texas Tribune.

Competing in school sports on the basis of feelings or thoughts instead of biological sex has been an issue in the past. Such was the case of Mack Beggs, a female-to-male trans wrestler on testosterone who dominated the Texas Girls’ State Wrestling tournament.

In the season prior to the tournament, two biologically female opponents–who were not on testosterone–felt forced to forfeit out of fear of injury, the Daily Wire reported.

In Connecticut, two transgender high school students, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, won first and second place, respectively, in the100-meter race at the State Open Finals, according to ABC News.

Not surprisingly, this upset many parents.

Regardless of the advantages transgender students may have over their biological peers, the left has spoken out against HB-25.

The ACLU has called the bill “cruel” and “unconstitutional.”

Equality Texas has called the bill a “sports ban.”

“Trans youth belong in sports. Trans youth belong in Texas. Trans youth belong everywhere. Tell Texas reps to vote NO on HB 25,” Billy Porter, an American actor and singer, tweeted.

The criticism from the left is always misleading. The bill does not ban trans students –or anyone for that matter — from sports. That would be unconstitutional if that were the case. What it does is state that boys’ and girls’ sports will remain… well, boys’ and girls’ sports! It does so by basing sex or gender on biological sex. A male who identifies as female, for example, would still be able to participate in school sports competition as long as they compete in the team with which their biological sex correlates. Both trans and “cis” and anything between or outside those categories would follow the same rules. The bill ensures that rules are applied consistently and it protects biological females from discrimination.