The Governor of Texas has vowed to ban transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports events at the state’s colleges and universities.
Greg Abbott said state lawmakers would soon pass a bill requiring athletes to compete based on their birth gender.
A similar Texas law is already in effect for all school sports.
Governor Abbott said allowing transgender female athletes to compete against biological women is unfair.
Two Republican lawmakers have already filed bills to impose such a restriction.
Both bills are likely to be passed on party-lines in both chambers of the Texas Legislature.
“We’ve fought for the rights of women to be able to succeed in the world, only to have that now superseded by this ideology that men are going to be empowered to compete against women in things that should be protected by federal law, state law,” Governor Abbott said.
18 US states have passed laws preventing transgender youth from participating on teams matching their gender identity.
Some of them also ban participation at the collegiate level.
Florida passed a similar law in 2021, called the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act which banned anyone born biologically male from being able to compete against women at public school and college levels.
The Florida law requires players to submit a birth certificate showing their sex when they were born when signing up for a team.
It quickly resulted in multiple legal challenges including a lawsuit from a 13-year-old transgender girl who was not allowed to continue playing on girl’s soccer teams.
Despite the challenges, the law is still currently in place.