Texas Birth Gender Sports Bill Likely To Pass

Texas Birth Gender Sports Bill Likely To Pass

In Texas, the state Senate passed a bill passed a bill requiring all student-athletes to compete on a team that that matches with the gender on their birth certificate. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it into law. 

House Bill 25 passed with a 76-54 vote. The bill says, all public school student-athletes would be required to compete on teams that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificates "at or near" their time of birth. The University Interscholastic League (UIL)in Texas currently requires an athlete’s gender to be determined by the gender listed on their birth certificate.

Rep. Valerie Swanson introduced the bill, she said it would “codify” existing UIL rules which impacts student-athletes who changed their gender on their birth certificates. According to The Texas Tribune, UIL rules currently recognize any “legally modified birth certificates,” which could “accommodate” athletes who’ve had their birth certificates changed to match their gender identity.

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