Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into law Tuesday legislation that would prohibit biological males who identify as transgender women from participating in women’s sports.
It was one of two transgender bills Little signed into law. Little also signed into law a bill that prohibits citizens from changing the gender on their birth certificate. (RELATED: Health And Human Services To Roll Back Obama-Era Transgender Rule)
Left-wing activists reacted to the law’s passage with indignation, and pledged to fight its implementation.
“We will continue to fight every day so that trans people have the same rights as every other Idahoan,” the ACLU of Idaho said in a statement.
Today and every day trans people belong in Idaho.
No one — including @GovernorLittle — can keep trans people from existing. We will continue to fight every day so that trans people have the same rights as every other Idahoan.#TransDayOfVisibility #idleg #idpol pic.twitter.com/cQhSplpkxh
— ACLU of Idaho (@acluidaho) March 31, 2020
“Our country is facing an unprecedented health crisis, and Gov. Little and members of the Idaho Legislature have prioritized attacking transgender student athletes with this discriminatory and unnecessary new law,” Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, deputy executive director for the National Center for Transgender Equality said in a statement.
Breaking: @TransEquality is reporting that Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed both anti-trans bills into laws, one barring trans kids from sports and another that prevents trans people from updating their birth certificates. pic.twitter.com/zutdleSLId
— Kate Sosin (@shoeleatherkate) March 31, 2020
Female athletes have expressed concern in recent years over the number of biological males competing in woman’s sports. Former Olympic athlete Rebecca Dussault told the Daily Caller News Foundation last year that she believes every woman’s sports record “will fall” if biological men are allowed to compete with women.
“I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt there are 1,500 men who on their bad day can beat Serena Williams in tennis,” she said at the time. “There are 2,000 men who could outrun the fastest female sprinters of all time. So if one of them deciders to compete as a trans woman, there you go.”
A poll conducted late last year found that just 29% of Americans support allowing biological men who identify as women to compete in women’s sports.