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30+ US states considering bills to ban biologically male athletes from girls’ sports

West Virginia is the latest of 30 states in the US to consider a bill to protect girls and women from having to compete against biologically male trans athletes in sports.

To date, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi have already enacted such legislation, with West Virginia’s Republican governor, Jim Justice, saying that he will allow the bill to become law.

In Alabama and Montana, such bills have already passed in one legislative chamber and are being reviewed in their respective state senates.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) the following states are currently in the process of drafting or implementing such laws: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

Meanwhile, according to TransAtheltes.com, there are 16 US states that have “friendly policies that help facilitate full inclusion of trans/non-binary/GNC (gender non-conforming) students in high school athletics.”

These include: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington State, and Washington, DC.

The issue of trans athletes came up in Ireland recently, when a male Trinity College student placed second in a women’s 5km race to prove how few restrictions there were on male athletes competing in women’s sports on-campus.

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