Pennsylvania GOP passes ban on transgender sports despite threat of veto

The Republican-dominated Pennsylvania House on Tuesday passed a bill that would bar men who identify as women from playing in K-12 women’s and college sports.

The Women’s Sports Equity Act or HB972 passed 115-84 after state House members spoke in favor or in opposition for one hour and twenty minutes, the Daily article reported. A similar bill is already pending in the Senate, SB 1191, where Republicans are also winning over Democrats. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted during deliberations, threatening to veto the bill if it passes.

“It won’t pass my desk,” Wolf wrote in part.

Instead, the far-left governor came out in support of another bill that would “strengthen protections for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians.” According to Daily articleHB300 “would amend the state’s human relations law to add protections against discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.”

The lead sponsor of the GOP-led legislation, State Representative Barbara Gleim, cited “Lia” Thomas as an example of why the Women’s Sports Equity Act is needed. Thomas, a man who says he’s female, competed on the University of Pennsylvania women’s swim team and landed real women titles due to his obvious biological advantages.

“Women lose on a level playing field when forced to compete against biological men,” Gleim said.

State Representative Joseph Hohenstein, who says his child identifies as transgender, said the bill was a “solution in search of a problem,” the report said.

“This bill attacks my child and others like them simply because of who they are and how they choose to express their humanity,” Hohenstein said.

Republicans passed the bill just days after a group of Olympic and NCAA champions came together to release a letter demanding action to protect women’s sport in the wake of Thomas’ big wins. Nearly 40 retired swimmers, including multiple Olympians, former NCAA champions and even a United States Swim Team manager, and others all raise serious questions about NCAA rules governing athletes transgender, according to

“It is difficult to express the anguish the women’s swimming community has experienced over the past week watching the 2022 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships,” the letter reads.

Former NCAA champion Marshi Smith told Fox News the group decided to speak out now because “individually, we felt like we had no voice. We were not asked for our opinions or possible solutions to what was happening. »

In addition to directing schools to designate sports teams as male, female, co-ed or mixed, the bill would also ensure that any student “deprived of a sporting opportunity or who suffers direct or indirect harm” as a result of ‘a known violation, can sue the school or college, depending on the text of the bill. Students who experience retaliation for reporting a violation of the law may also sue the offending school, institution, or sports association or organization.

Similarly, a school or college that suffers harm can sue the offender.government entity, licensing or accrediting organization, or sports association or organization.

Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow her on Twitter.


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