Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation banning males from competing in women’s sports at public colleges and universities, she announced Tuesday.
Alabama previously blocked males from women’s sports at the K-12 level in 2021. The new bill restricts athletes from competing in sports leagues that don’t match their birth sex, prohibits penalties against K-12 and collegiate institutions for complying with the new rules and prohibits retaliation against students who report violations.
✍️: I just signed HB261 to protect women’s sports in public colleges and universities.
If you’re a biological male, you are not going to be competing in women’s and girl’s sports in Alabama. It’s about fairness, plain and simple. #alpolitics
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) May 30, 2023
“If you’re a biological male, you are not going to be competing in women’s and girl’s sports in Alabama. It’s about fairness, plain and simple,” Ivey tweeted Tuesday afternoon. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Tuberville Break Down Why They Think Trans Athletes Shouldn’t Compete In Women’s Sports)
The move comes amid a widespread push to limit participation in women’s sports to biological females and exclude biological males who identify as women.
LGBT activist groups have promoted the inclusion of males who identify as transgender women in women’s sports in the name of equality and fairness for transgender people. Males retain a physical advantage over females in strength, stamina and physique even after undergoing testosterone suppression, according to a 2021 report from the Sports Councils Equality Group.
Ivey’s office did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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