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Arkansas & Tennessee lawmakers pass transgender sports bans

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Just after passing a bill that would allow nurses, doctors, EMTs and other healthcare workers to refuse serving LGBTQ patients , the Arkansas General Assembly passed another proposal yesterday that would ban trans girls and women from playing sports in accordance with their gender identity.

In Tennessee, a bill that would ban trans girls along with trans boys from playing sports in competing in middle or high school sports in accordance with their gender identity also passed.

Both of the bills in Arkansas await Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s (R) signature. He said he was “neutral” on the religious exemptions bill and previously signaled his support for the trans sports ban, although he has not committed to signing either.

Their sports ban applies to trans people from kindergarten all the way through collegiate sports . Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge supported the proposed law — dubbed the Gender Integrity Reinforcement Legislation for Sports Act (GIRLS Act) — which would require girls who want to compete in school sports to present an original birth certificate.

Hutchinson has until Saturday to sign the bill banning trans girls and women in sports. If he vetoes it, a simple majority in both chambers of the Arkansas General Assembly would […]

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