Transgender Iowa girls banned from female sports under Republican law

Betty Q. Hixson

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation Thursday immediately prohibiting transgender women and girls from competing in female sports offered by Iowa schools, colleges and universities — a new law that legal experts expect to end up in court.

The passage of House File 2416 has drawn a firestorm of criticism from transgender Iowans, LGBTQ advocacy groups, businesses and Democrats who say it discriminates against transgender girls and violates civil rights laws. 

Reynolds, a Republican, said the law is “a fairness issue” because of what she said are athletic advantages for transgender girls. Her signature puts Iowa among 10 other Republican-led states that have passed laws restricting transgender athletes in recent years.

At the law’s signing under the Iowa Capitol’s rotunda, Reynolds connected the law to what she called Iowa’s “impressive legacy of advancing women’s equality.”

Gov. Kim Reynolds, surrounded by female athletes, signs House File 2416 into law, prohibiting transgender women and girls from competing in female sports offered by Iowa schools, colleges and universities, on Thursday, March 3, 2022, in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol, in Des Moines.

“Great things happen when women have access to the fair and equal playing field they deserve,” Reynolds said. “But what would it say about a commitment to this principle if we let actual playing fields — the courts, fields, rinks, pools and tracks of youth and collegiate sports — be tilted in favor of biological males with inherent physical advantages?”

Reynolds’ staff said she did not speak with any transgender girls about the legislation before signing it into law.


https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2022/03/03/trans-transgender-girls-banned-womens-sports-kim-reynolds-lgbtq-iowa-signs-bill/9349887002/

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