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Louisiana bans trans athletes from women’s sports teams – RT Sport News

Transgender athletes will no longer be able to compete in sports on women’s and women’s teams in Louisiana after a bill was passed to become law there on Monday.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards allowed the bill to pass despite previously saying he opposed the legislation and vetoing a similar bill last year.

On this occasion, Edwards said it was inevitable that the bill would pass due to overwhelming support in the Senate and House, and so he let it become law without his signature.

“It was obvious to me after two years that this would become law whether or not I signed the bill or vetoed it,” Edwards protested Monday night.

The sports ban for transgender athletes on women’s and women’s teams has been a pet project for Republican Senator from Franklinton Beth Mizell for the past two years.

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She says her intention is to protect girls and young women from having to compete against athletes who have biological advantages due to their sex at birth.

The bill comes at a time when figures such as former University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, who broke a number of women’s varsity swimming records on the Ivy Institute women’s team League last season, divided public opinion.

“What has become more evident (since 2021) is that we need to protect women’s sport,” remarked Republican Rep. Laurie Schlegel while pointing to Thomas, who once competed on the UPenn men’s team, as an example during the debate.

Mizell told USA Today that women “have worked too hard for too long to reach the level of competition we have attained to now face unfair rules of the game”.

Those on the other side of the argument that Mizell, like Democratic House Speaker Sam Jenkins of Shreveport, have claimed the bill intimidates vulnerable transgender children in the state that is home to the city of New Orleans.

“These children, our children, will only see this as an attack,” Jenkins said, also during the debate.

“These kids will see us as bullies. Some people are just plain uncomfortable with the existence of transgender kids in our state,” he added.

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