Bill banning transgender women from playing women’s college sports heads to Gov. Lee’s desk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two pieces of legislation targeting transgender people are now headed to Governor Lee’s desk.

Both measures passed with an overwhelming majority vote, adding to a long list of similar legislation in Tennessee.

The statehouse just passed a bill that would ban transgender women from participating in college sports that align with their gender identity. It also passed House Bill 2633 which is meant to specify that schools and teachers could not be required to use a student’s preferred pronoun.

These bills add to a long list of state legislation targeting transgender youth across the country.

House Bill 2316 bans transgender women from participating in college sports that align with their gender identity.

That means they’d have to play sports on men’s teams.

Representative John Ragan says the determination of sex is as listed on the student’s original birth certificate.

“Biological males must compete against biological males, not biological females,” Ragan said. “This has been a common sense for fairness and safety.”

This comes on the heels of a measure Governor Lee quietly signed into law this past Friday – leveraging harsh penalties against public schools that allow transgender athletes to participate in girls’ sports.

It’s on top of a bill signed last year – manding that student-athletes must prove their sex matches that listed on the student’s “original” birth certificate.

Another bill making its way through the Tennessee legislature is House Bill 2633.

This bill specifies that teachers or other employees of public schools could not be required to use a student’s preferred pronoun if it does not align with their gender assigned at birth.

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Those who have spoken out against these bills say they are stigmatizing and dangerous for transgender and non-binary youth in Tennessee.

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