Georgia High School Association blocks transgender athletes from playing sports that conform with their gender identity

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Georgia High School Association blocks transgender athletes from playing sports that conform with their gender identity

High school athletes in Georgia will now have to compete in sports based on their gender assigned at birth, the state’s governing body of athletics unanimously voted on Wednesday afternoon.

The Georgia High School Association voted 62-0 to enforce that all athletes must abide by the sex listed on their birth certificate. The GHSA was given the power to make that decision after state lawmakers passed an 11th-hour law on the final day of the legislative session to grant it that power.

The law, House Bill 1084, passed the Georgia House 98-71 and then cleared the Senate on a 32-21, both on party line votes. Gov. Brian Kemp signed that bill and six others into law on April 28.

Kemp gave his endorsement of the GHSA’s measure Wednesday, saying he was “proud to have championed this effort in Georgia.”

“Following my signature on HB 1084, the Georgia High School Association today voted to protect fairness in school sports by unanimously approving youth to compete according to the sex determined on his/her birth certificate,” Kemp tweeted.

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“I’m proud to have championed this effort in Georgia!”

Previously, in bylaw 1.47 of the GHSA, the association stated “The GHSA will honor a gender determination made by a member school. The GHSA will not make gender identity determinations nor entertain appeals of the member school’s determination.”

The transgender debate has become a political hot button topic across the country, with numerous Republican-governed states banning it entirely and Democratic-controlled states allowing it. There are similar bills to allow or to block transgender athletes currently in motion across the country.

There is no federal law on transgender athletes that applies uniformly across the country. Instead, states can determine what happens.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 1028 into law on June 1, 2021, on the campus of Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville. That bill became law last July and became referred to as the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.

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That law overrode the existing policy of the Florida High School Athletic Association, which had been in place since 2013-14. The FHSAA had just 11 athletes apply to compete under bylaw 16.8, labeled Gender Identity Participation. The FHSAA said when DeSantis signed that bill into law that all 11 athletes had been approved to play.

How other states look for transgender athletes

State Allowed to play Gov. party affiliation
Alabama No Republican
Alaska Left up to each school Republican
Arkansas No Republican
Arizona Yes, but determined by Gender Identity Eligibility committee Republican
California Yes Democrat
Colorado Students must inform school of their intentions and have it verified Democrat
Connecticut Left up to school districts Democrat
Delaware Left up to school, but allowed to compete based on gender identity Democrat
Florida No Republican
Georgia No Republican
Hawaii N/A Democrat
Idaho No Republican
Illinois Determined by state association Democrat
Indiana Determined by state association Republican
Iowa No Republican
Kansas Left up to each school Democrat
Kentucky Forbidden unless “legally reassigned” Democrat
Louisiana Requires hormone therapy or sex reassignment Democrat
Maine Can compete based on which gender they identify as Democrat
Maryland Left up to local school districts Republican
Massachusetts Can compete based on which gender they identify as Republican
Michigan Case-by-case basis for transgender girls Democrat
Minnesota Yes Democrat
Mississippi No Republican
Missouri Only if hormone therapy has been in place for a year or more Republican
Montana No Republican
Nebraska Only if hormone therapy has been in place for a year or more or had surgery Republican
Nevada Left up to individual schools Democrat
New Hampshire Left up to individual schools Republican
New Jersey Yes Democrat
New Mexico No Democrat
New York School determines eligibility Democrat
North Carolina Referred to Gender Identity Committee for review Democrat
North Dakota Transgender girls eligible after one year of hormone therapy Republican
Ohio Determined by hormone therapy policy Republican
Oklahoma No Republican
Oregon Yes Democrat
Pennsylvania Left up to individual principals Democrat
Rhode Island Left up to individual schools Democrat
South Carolina Must go through gender identity eligibility advisory board Republican
South Dakota No Republican
Tennessee No Republican
Texas No Republican
Utah No Republican
Vermont Left up to individual schools Republican
Virginia Determined by committee and review Republican
Washington No Democrat
Washington, DC Left up to individual schools Democrat
West Virginia No Republican
Wisconsin Left up to individual schools Democrat
Wyoming Left up to individual schools Republican

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