Texas Senate approves bill banning transgender student athletes from competing within their “gender identity”

According to a new report from the Austin American Statesman the “Texas Senate on Thursday approved legislation banning transgender student athletes from competing in sports within their gender identity” after a strict party-line vote.

Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, author of the bill said “this is about protecting female athletes and recognizing their accomplishments within their biological peer group.”

Per the report “all 18 Republicans voted for Senate Bill 29, which would require athletes in Texas public high schools and grade schools to compete in sports based on the “biological sex” listed on their original birth certificate. Under that definition, biological boys would be banned from competing in girls sports, although girls could compete in boys sports if a comparable female sport was not available.”

All Democrats voted against Senate Bill 29.

Video of CeCé Telfer, who, in 2019, became the first openly transgender woman to win an NCAA title.