Effectively regulating sports divisions based on sex using science is impossible. There is no specific biological characteristic, nor set of characteristics, including genital structures, reproductive organs, or chromosomal arrangement, that can adequately answer this. — Dr. Jordan Feigenbaum, a doctor and strength coach
Effectively regulating sports divisions based on sex using science is impossible. There is no specific biological characteristic, nor set of characteristics, including genital structures, reproductive organs, or chromosomal arrangement, that can adequately answer this. — Dr. Jordan Feigenbaum, a doctor and strength coach
Republicans are pushing at least 37 bills nationwide targeting transgender athletes as conservatives open up a new front in the war on trans rights
  • Republicans are seeking to bar transgender youth from playing on teams matching their gender identity.
  • There are at least 37 active bills in state legislatures across the nation targeting trans athletes.
  • The GOP's attacks have ramped up as President Joe Biden and Democrats seek to expand LGBTQ rights.
First, Republicans used bathroom bills to go after transgender youth. Now, conservatives have opened up a new front in their assault on transgender rights even as Democrats seek to expand civil rights protections for the LGBTQ+ community.

Republicans in Washington and statehouses around the country have unleashed a barrage of legislation and rhetoric aimed at preventing transgender children from participating in sports that match their gender identity.

Nationwide, at least 37 current state bills aim to curtail transgender athletes from participating in sports using their preferred gender are making their way through state legislatures, according to data provided to Insider by the Human Rights Campaign. Two pieces of legislation — in South Dakota and Mississippi — are on their way to becoming law.

There are 35 more active bills targeting transgender people in other ways, according to HRC.

And in recent weeks, high-profile political figures including former president Donald Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, a Georgia Republican have used transgender athletes as political punching bags — or punchlines.


To advance this agenda, conservatives argue that allowing transgender athletes to participate on teams that match their gender identities would harm women's sports, a claim that trans activists say is preposterous.

... While GOP legislators push bills to "save women's sports" by banning transgender girls and women, medical professionals are still determining whether any competitive advantage exists for transgender women to begin with.

Dr. Jordan Feigenbaum, a doctor and strength coach, wrote that any attempt to limit trans inclusion in sports with scientific arguments is a pointless exercise, especially given the lack of long-term research on the subject.

"Effectively regulating sports divisions based on sex using science is impossible," Feigenbaum said. "There is no specific biological characteristic, nor set of characteristics, including genital structures, reproductive organs, or chromosomal arrangement, that can adequately answer this."
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