Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a law Tuesday banning transgender women from participating in women’s college sports teams.
The state had previously banned transgender athletes from participating in girls’ youth sports from grades K-12.
Under the law, students are prohibited from playing with a different gender identity even after undergoing hormone treatment.
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«Look, if you’re a biological male, you’re not going to compete in women’s and women’s sports in Alabama. This is about fairness, plain and simple,» Ivey said in a statement.
The movement for university regulations began in April when the legislation advanced in the middle of the month.
The K-12 ban was implemented in 2021.
«Forcing women to compete against biological men would reverse decades of progress women have made toward equal opportunity in athletics,» Republican Rep. Susan DuBose, a sponsor of the bill, told the committee last month. Dubose said that «no amount of hormone therapy can undo all of those benefits» of being born a man.
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The bill says that biological girls would not be allowed to participate in male and male sports.
The ban has drawn criticism from members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community.
Carmarion D. Anderson-Harvey, Alabama state director of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ+ advocacy group, said the legislation is part of a «systematic attack on LGBTQ+ people» in Alabama and elsewhere.
«In just two years, she and extremist lawmakers in Alabama have passed four anti-LGBTQ+ bills. From dictating which bathrooms we can use to blatantly ignoring the real issues in women’s sports, these politicians are making Alabama an increasingly hostile to transgender people and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole,» Anderson-Harvey said.
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Twenty other states have restrictions on transgender girls and women participating in women’s sports.
Associated Press contributed to this report.