Florida joins U.S. states banning transgender girls from female sports
June 3, 2021
Florida on Tuesday became the latest and largest U.S. state to ban transgender girls and women from participating in female sports at schools, part of a campaign in statehouses nationwide this year assailed as discriminatory by equal rights activists.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who is closely aligned with former President Donald Trump, enacted the law on the first day of Pride Month, which celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
DeSantis signed the bill at an event at a Christian school in Jacksonville where he was flanked by several teenage women athletes. He said the law, which states participation rules for public high schools and universities, was needed to ensure fairness for women participating in sports across the state.