House Passes Transgender Athlete Ban from Female Sports Teams

Ava Garcia, Managing Editor

On Thursday, April 20 the House of Representatives approved the transgender athlete ban for female sports teams. The bill gained approval by a 219-203 party-line vote, yet will most likely not advance due to the Democratic-led Senate. In a claim revolving around an administrative policy, the White House said President Joe Biden would veto it. 

The vote surrounded the idea that this would support female athletes’ disadvantage by having to compete against people whose gender identity misaligns with their sex assigned at birth. Many Democrats disapprove of this view and believe this legislation promotes a hate campaign against transgender children. On the other hand, many Republicans believe this bill will protect female athletes from unfair competition due to physical advantage. 

This bill would alter the Title IX landmark civil rights legislation passed over 50 years ago. Title IX prohibits discrimination based on someone’s sex in education programs and federally funded activities. 

With the opposing two sides to this highly debatable issue, this bill will continue to change with time. Updated information will continue to be added to the fact sheet by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.