BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– A bill to ban transgender women from female sports in schools is heading to the governor’s desk.
Today, the State Legislature passed a bill to ban transgender women from competing on female sports teams in Louisiana schools.
Now it’s up to Governor John Bel Edwards to decide if that will become state law.
State Representative Laurie Schlegel said, “This bill is about is protecting biological females, and we really can’t forget that. there is a disadvantage when biological males are competing against biological females. They’re bigger, faster, stronger and that’s what this bill intends to do.”
Senator Beth Mizell’s bill has sparked controversy.
State Representative Aimee Adatto Freeman said, “Having them be on a sports team is something positive for them. My belief, and why I am in opposition to this bill, is because these are not students who are trying to take away anything from anybody. They are just in a challenging situation with their own lives.”
The bill passed the house with 78-17 vote
Governor Edwards is expected to veto the bill, but has not made an official statement since the bill passed today.
Louisiana Trans Advocates provided this statement on the House Passage of SB 156:
“For the past ten years, every time far-right extremists and Christian nationalists have tried to create new laws attacking trans people’s core human rights of self-determination and self-expression, trans Louisianans have held the line. Not one of these bills has become law, and we don’t intend on breaking our winning streak this year,” said Dylan Waguespack, president of Louisiana Trans Advocates. “We want to encourage any young trans people in Louisiana who see today’s news to hold onto hope and to remember that you’re not alone. You’re a beloved member of a community that’s strong, that fights for freedom, and that wins.”