With one signature, the governor of Florida brought a new law into effect that barred transgender females (or those assigned male at birth who later transition to being female) from playing on girls’ teams in public schools. Why did the governor sign to pass this law? The assumption is that biological differences make it unfair for women who were assigned male at birth to compete with women who were biologically declared female at birth. Interestingly, the law doesn’t prevent transgender female athletes from playing on men’s teams.
Activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) rights say the law is discriminatory and they’ll challenge it as being unconstitutional. But some states, like Idaho, have already passed similar laws preventing transgender women from competing in women’s sports. This debate also raises the question of what is considered women’s and men’s sports and why are they separate? And more importantly, how do transgender women compete in sports they’re skilled at?