Georgia High School Association Prevents Transgender Athletes From Playing Sports Consistent With Their Gender Identity
Georgia high school athletes will now have to compete in sports based on their assigned sex at birth, the state’s athletics governing body voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon.
The Georgia High School Association voted 62-0 to mandate that all athletes must match the gender listed on their birth certificate. The GHSA was given the power to make this decision after state lawmakers passed an 11 a.m. law on the last day of the legislative session to grant it that power.
The law, House Bill 1084, passed the Georgia House 98-71, then cleared the Senate on a 32-21, both toeing the party line. Governor Brian Kemp signed that bill and six others into law on April 28.
Kemp gave his endorsement of the GHSA measure on Wednesday, saying he was “proud to have championed this effort in Georgia.”
Following my signature on HB 1084, the Georgia High School Association voted today to protect fairness in school sports by unanimously approving young people to compete based on the sex determined on their birth certificate.
I am proud to have championed this effort in Georgia! pic.twitter.com/m0bTA27Oas
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 4, 2022
“Following my signature on HB 1084, the Georgia High School Association voted today to protect fairness in school sports by unanimously approving youth to compete based on the gender determined on their birth certificate,” tweeted Kemp.
“I’m proud to have championed this effort in Georgia! »
Previously, in GHSA Regulation 1.47, the association stated, “The GHSA will honor a gender determination made by a member school. The GHSA will not determine gender identity or consider appeals of the member school’s decision. »
In a statement sent to News4JAX by the Democratic Party of Georgia, spokesman Max Flugrath said the decision was a classic case of “extreme partisan politics” that will harm children.
“Brian Kemp’s use of state-sanctioned intimidation of Georgia’s trans youth as a campaign strategy is unconscionable. By leading the way and pushing for this hateful policy, Kemp is showing that he doesn’t care about Georgians – he will always put extreme partisan politics and his political career above our best interests, even if it means hurting our children and divide our communities. Kemp has proven time and time again that he is too dangerous and extreme for Georgia – we deserve real leadership,” the statement read.
The transgender debate has become a hot political topic across the country, with many Republican-ruled states banning it entirely and Democratic-controlled states allowing it. There are similar bills to allow or block transgender athletes currently on the move 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, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 1028 into law on June 1, 2021 on the campus of Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville. This bill became law last July and became the Women’s Sports Equity Act.
This act overturned the Florida High School Athletic Association’s existing policy, which had been in place since 2013-14. The FHSAA had only 11 athletes applying to compete under Rule 16.8, labeled Gender Identity Participation. The FHSAA said when DeSantis signed that bill that all 11 athletes were cleared to play.
How Other States Regulate Transgender Athletes
|State||Allowed to play||Membership of a government party|
|Alaska||Left to each school||Republican|
|Arizona||Yes, but determined by Gender Identity Eligibility Committee||Republican|
|Colorado||Students should inform the school of their intentions and have them verified||Democrat|
|Connecticut||Left to school districts||Democrat|
|Delaware||Left until school, but allowed to compete based on gender identity||Democrat|
|Hawaii||N / A||Democrat|
|Illinois||Determined by state association||Democrat|
|Indiana||Determined by state association||Republican|
|Kansas||Left to each school||Democrat|
|Kentucky||Prohibited except “legally reassigned”||Democrat|
|Louisiana||Requires hormone therapy or sex reassignment||Democrat|
|Maine||May compete based on the gender they identify as||Democrat|
|Maryland||Left to local school districts||Republican|
|Massachusetts||May compete based on the gender they identify as||Republican|
|Michigan||Case by case for transgender girls||Democrat|
|Missouri||Only if hormone therapy has been in place for a year or more||Republican|
|Nebraska||Only if hormone therapy has been in place for a year or more or you have had surgery||Republican|
|Nevada||Left to individual schools||Democrat|
|New Hampshire||Left to individual schools||Republican|
|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|
|Pennsylvania||Left to individual directors||Democrat|
|Rhode Island||Left to individual schools||Democrat|
|Caroline from the south||Must go through the Gender Identity Eligibility Advisory Committee||Republican|
|Vermont||Left to individual schools||Republican|
|Virginia||Determined by committee and review||Republican|
|washington d.c.||Left to individual schools||Democrat|
|Wisconsin||Left to individual schools||Democrat|
|Wyoming||Left to individual schools||Republican|
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