Excluding transgender children from sports will exacerbate feelings of discrimination and severely impact their mental and physical health. — Laura Stargel, daughter of Florida state Sen. Kelli Stargel
Excluding transgender children from sports will exacerbate feelings of discrimination and severely impact their mental and physical health. — Laura Stargel, daughter of Florida state Sen. Kelli Stargel
Florida governor banned transgender girls from competing in girls' sports on first day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
  • FL Gov. DeSantis signed a bill banning transgender girls from participating in girls' school sports.
  • The Fairness in Women's Sports Act designates teams "on the basis of students' biological sex at birth."
  • DeSantis signed the bill on the first day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community.
The "Fairness in Women's Sports Act," which was introduced by GOP state Sen. Travis Hutson in February, designates teams "on the basis of students' biological sex at birth," meaning transgender girls whose birth certificate says "male" as their biological sex are not allowed to participate in girls' sports teams.

The law also expressly prohibits those whose "biological sex" on their birth certificate denotes male from participating in girls' sports, but those whose "biological sex" is noted as female can play in boys' sports.

... "Excluding transgender children from sports will exacerbate feelings of discrimination and severely impact their mental and physical health," Laura Stargel wrote in an op-ed published in the Orlando Sentinel.

"I played sports all throughout middle, high school and college," she added. "Not once did I stop to consider what gender my teammates were assigned at birth."

... "This is yet another hate-driven attack from the governor and Republican legislators, and it's insulting that they've staged this morning's photo-op on the first day of Pride Month," state Sen. Shevrin Jones said. "At the end of the day, transgender kids are just kids."


State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, who became Florida's first openly gay Latinx legislator, tweeted in response: "Appalling. First day of LGBTQ Pride Month and @GovRonDeSantis signs SB 1028 which bans trans kids from school sports."

"FHSAA has allowed trans kids to participate in FL since 2013 with ZERO problems," Smith continued. "This fuels transphobia and puts vulnerable kids at risk for no good reason."

The Senate passed the anti-transgender sports bill in April, and it initially had a deadline to be signed into law by DeSantis on June 12 — the same day as the five-year anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, that left 49 people dead.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/florida-gov-signs-bill-bans-transgender-girls-competing-girls-sports-2021-6