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Tennessee joins Arkansas, Mississippi in banning girls and women from school sports


Lee: PAULA OSPINA/ The Jackson Sun via Imagn Content Services, LLC; Hutchinson: JAMIE MITCHELL/TIMES RECORD via Imagn Content Services, LLC; Reeves: AP Photo Three Republican governors and a shredded U.S. Constitution. From left to right, Gov. Bill Lee of TN, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Ark. and Gov. Tate Reeves of Miss. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is the latest Republican lawmaker to ban girls and women from school sports.

Transgender girls are girls; Transgender women are women.

Lee signed SB228 into law Friday, a ban that does not mention “transgender” even once. It does go into painful, misgendering detail about “boys who are male in every biological respect,” who can, under “new school policies” then “compete in girls’ athletic competitions if they claim a female gender identity.”

What the law states is that students who want to compete in school sports must provide an “original” birth certificate proving their gender a birth, and that if that document is changed or amended, than evidence must be provided to show the student’s gender as recorded at the time of their birth.

Lee tweeted that he signed SB228 “to preserve women’s athletics and ensure fair competition. This legislation responds to damaging federal policies that stand in […]

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