Texas Senate Passes Major Bill That Would Force Transgender Athletes to Play on Sports Teams That Match Their Birth Gender

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Texas is taking matters into its own hands.

On Friday, a bill passed in Texas that requires students to play on sports teams that match their birth gender.

Radical leftists across the country have advocated for allowing students to play on sports team based on the gender with which they identify.

“The legislation is primed to become law after the state Senate voted 19-12 on Friday,” The Texas Tribune reported.

Republican state Rep. Valoree Swanson authored the bill.

“Under HB 25, students would only be permitted to compete on sports teams that correspond to the gender listed on their birth certificate that was assigned at or near the time of birth,” the report added.

“If the bill becomes law, Texas would be the eighth state to add such protections for women’s sports,” The Daily Wire reported.

“The bill, HB 25, passed the state House after a preliminary approval vote of 76-54 and an identical official final vote following 10 hours of debate on the issue.”

“One of the major supporters and authors of the bill, Republican Representative Valoree Swanson, argued on Thursday that passing the bill was a matter of both fairness and recognizing biological differences between men and women.”

The Texas House must now approve an amendment that the Senate added.

Soon the legislation will head to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk where Republicans anticipate he will sign it into law.

On the world stage, the International Olympic Committee recently decided to allow transgender Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand to compete against women in weightlifting.

Hubbard transitioned at age 35 and competed in the Olympics at age 43. Hubbard went through male puberty, but the IOC’s medical and science director Dr. Richard Budgett claimed Hubbard does not have an unfair advantage.

“There are no IOC rules or regulations around transgender participation. That depends on each international federation,” Budgett said.

“So Laurel Hubbard is a woman, and is competing under the rules of her federation, and we have to pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in actually competing and qualifying for the Games.”

Budgett suggested it is tough to definitively determine whether Hubbard has an unfair advantage by going through male puberty.

He says there are “many other factors to go into account.”

“There is a lot of disagreement across the whole world of sport and beyond on this issue of eligibility,” he added.

“Everyone agrees transgender women are women. But it’s a matter of eligibility for sport, and particular events, and it really has to be very sport specific.”

“One of the reasons there is no new framework published yet is not just because of the difficulty in coming to any consensus. It’s because it would have been inappropriate to come out with new guidelines just before the Olympics. There will be a new framework to help individual sports, and we’re working very closely with them, but it’s not published yet.”

While transgender athletes are required to demonstrate that their testosterone level is below a specific measurement for at least 12 months prior to their first competition, serious questions remain whether decades of higher testosterone levels have already produced significant muscle growth and maturity, which give Hubbard an unfair advantage against her fellow female competitors.