Idaho Governor Signs Bill Limiting Transgender Women & Girls in School Sports

Idaho governor Brad Little signed the controversial House Bill 500 – called the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” by supporters – into law Monday. At the same time, he signed HB 509, which prohibits transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates.

HB 500 bans transgender women and girls from competing in women’s and girls’ sports at the high school and collegiate level in Idaho, making the state the first in the country to pass legislation against transgender students.

The bill applies to ” interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by a public school or any school that is a member of the Idaho high school activities association or a public institution of higher education or any higher education institution that is a member of the national collegiate 6 athletic association (NCAA), national association of intercollegiate athletics (NAIA), or national junior college athletic association.”

It would mandate that teams be designated as based on biological sex – Males, men, or boys; Females, women, or girls; or coed or mixed – and that “sports designated for females, women, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex.”13 (2) Athletic teams or sports designated for females,

“If disputed,” the bills continues, “a student may establish sex by presenting a signed physician’s statement that shall indicate the student’s sex based solely on the student’s internal and external reproductive anatomy; The student’s normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone; and  an analysis of the student’s genetic makeup.”

The ACLU of Idaho says both bills are unconstitutional.

“The ACLU of Idaho condemns Governor Brad Little’s decision to sign discriminatory, unconstitutional, and deeply hurtful anti-transgender bills into law,” the organization’s statement said. “Leaders from the business, faith, medical, education and athletics communities will not forget this decision or what it says about the governor’s priorities during a global pandemic. The ACLU will see the governor in court.”
USA Swimming voted in 2018 to allow athletes up to compete in their “stated gender” category up to junior or senior National Team level. The organization slightly amended that last year, and now says that all athletes competing at 2020 Summer Nationals will have to abide by the International Olympic Committee’s policies for transgender athletes.
IOC policies state the following:
  • Those who transition from male to female are eligible to compete in the female category under the following conditions:
    • The athlete has declared that her gender identity is female. The declaration cannot be changed, for sporting purposes, for a minimum of four years.
    • The athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first competition (with the requirement for any longer period to be based on a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 12 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women’s competition).
    • The athlete’s total testosterone level in serum must remain below 10 nmol/L throughout the period of desired eligibility to compete in the female category.
    • Compliance with these conditions may be monitored by testing. In the event of noncompliance, the athlete’s eligibility for female competition will be suspended for 12 months.

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Big Kicker

Life exists outside coronavirus, despite what’s televised

Corn Pop

Ski fields in US & Europe have been core spreaders of cv19. It is going to be interesting how society reacts to this set of pariahs.

JimSwim22

What is the legal limit for testosterone for a biological female?

Dan

Do not know but it is the same levels that some of the international sports federations have set as their limits and regulations

Dan

I was thinking of the information that was available in this article: https://swimswam.com/usa-swimming-to-follow-iocs-transgender-policies-for-summer-junior-nationals/

Troyy

I know the IAAF regulations have no limit for testosterone for biological females.

Yuri

Agree big time, finally someone who stands against all this political correctness craziness. Go Gators !!

Swimmer A

With regards to the political correctness comment, what is it that you’d like to say about trans-gendered athletes that you feel you are prohibited from saying?

Swimmer A

If you are taking a stand against political correctness, now is your moment. What is it that you’d like to tell trans-gendered athletes that you now feel empowered to say? This is your cause, this is what you’re fighting for.

Troyy

The political correctness in this case is the allowing them to compete in women’s sports.

Foreign Embassy

“Them” in this case are also women.

Foreign Embassy

Definition: politically correct. adjective.

If you say that someone is politically correct, you mean that they are extremely careful not to offend or upset any group of people in society who have a disadvantage, or who have been treated differently because of their sex, race, or disability

Man, I *hate* trying to think outside my comfort zone and try not to offend people because I’m insensitive or lack depth common sense. They should just get over it. Yes, let’s stand against that. 😩

Ladyvoldisser

Does this include gimps?

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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