AUSTIN, TX — (10-18-21) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is ready to sign a bill passed by the Republican-controlled house, banning transgender students from participating in school sports teams that align with their gender identity.

The anti-Transgender bill requires public schools from elementary to collegiate levels to assign athletes based on the sex registered on their birth certificates “at or near the time of birth.”

The trans sports ban bill passed the Republican-controlled House 76-54 on last Thursday. It was then delivered to the state Senate on last Friday where it passed 19-12. After returning to the House for reconciliation, it was approved a final time 76-61.

Governor Abbott who has indicated he intends to sign the bill is being met with condemnation from LGBTQA activists.

Even though the University Interscholastic League in Texas, which oversees interscholastic competition in the state, has had a rule in place for five years that requires students to participate on school sports teams in accordance with the gender listed on their birth certificate.

However Governor Abbott is facing a tough re-election campaign and wants to appease his conservative hardline voters who want to continue to target the LGBTQ community in Texas.

The new anti-Transgender bill that was approved by the right wing government of Texas last week negates a current UIL regulation that lets transgender students compete if they’ve received a court order allowing them to change the gender marker on their birth certificate.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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