Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has signed a law formally banning transgender athletes from participating in school sports inconsistent with their birth gender.
The Alabama law states schools in the K-12 “may never allow a biological male to participate on a female team.”
Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement “by signing this legislation, Gov. Ivey is forcefully excluding transgender children.”
“Let’s be clear here: transgender children are children. They deserve the same opportunity to learn valuable skills of teamwork, sportsmanship, and healthy competition with their peers,” he added.
Meanwhile Republican state Sen. Garlan Gudger made the argument biological males competing in female sports have an unfair advantage, saying it “is unfair for biological males to compete and beat females in high school sports. There are biological advantages that men possess just naturally because of genetics.”