Texas is officially One of The Least Inclusive States for Trans-athletes
- 10 months ago
New University Interscholastic League's (UIA) ruling officially makes Texas one of the least inclusive states for transgender athletes.
The Dallas Morning News reported that according to TransAthlete’s data, "Texas now becomes one of the most restrictive states in the nation for transgender athletic participation, joining six other states (Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, New Mexico and North Carolina) that require a birth certificate, gender-reassignment surgery or documentation of hormone therapy. Florida and California, the two states that most mimic Texas in student participation, have far more inclusive rules."
According to the blog ThinkProgress, "This law is seen not only as 'an attempt to handicap transgender student-athletes’ eligibility,' but it’s also believed to be a clear violation of Title IX."
This news, along with South Dakota who recently passed some of the most regressive policies ever seen for the transgender community such as the "anti-transgender school bathroom bill", along with the increase in trans-violence such as the murders of Monica Loera and Veronica Cano who according to the Huffington Post were murdered in Texas earlier this year — and also reported that "violence against trans women of color is not a new problem; last year, there were 21 known murders of trans people in the United States." — is making it very clear that "trans-visibility" in the media is not enough and there still lies a long battle ahead for the transgender community.
What do you think of this ruling which requires schools to request birth certificates to confirm the gender of student athletes? Leave your comments below.
Source: The Dallas Morning News, ThinkProgress, Huffington Post