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Montana Bans Transgender Athletes from Girls' Sports

Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) signs bill into state law

 on 8th May 2021 @ 1.00pm
transgender athletes are now banned from competing in girls  sports in montana © press
Transgender athletes are now banned from competing in girls' sports in Montana

Montana has banned biological male transgender athletes from competing in girls' sports events.

Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed the legislation into state law on Friday.

The bill limits sports teams to "biological sex" and bars transgender youth from participating in events that correspond with their "gender identity."

Backed GOP state lawmakers, the bill requires athletic teams at public schools to limit participation based on "biological sex" or face penalties.

The measure also contains explicit language dictating that girls' or women's sports teams "may not be open to students of the male sex."

The bill generated a heated debate in Montana’s GOP-controlled state legislature prior to its passage in April.

the bill was signed into state law by montana s republican gov  greg gianforte © press
The bill was signed into state law by Montana's Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte

Lawmakers eventually passed the bill alongside an amendment that would void the law if the government withheld federal funding in response to the ban and state efforts to appeal failed, according to Fox News.

Joe Biden signed an executive order in January to force schools into following far-left guidelines on gender.

Biden called on public schools to allow transgender athletes to participate on sports teams that align with their "gender identity."

The order signaled that schools that do not comply could lose their federal funding under Title IX, which bars sex-based discrimination.

Montana is one of more than 20 states that have considered or already enacted legislation on transgender athlete participation in youth sports.

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The new law will limit girls' sports events to biological females only

Similar measures have passed in Mississippi and Tennessee, among other states.

The state bills have triggered a heated national debate.

Critics of the legislation argue the laws are discriminatory.

Meanwhile, proponents say they are meant to prevent unfair competition in girl’s and women’s sports.

In April, the NCAA suggested in a statement that it could remove championship events from states that pass laws limiting transgender athlete participation on sports teams.

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