This week, two of the six filed bills that target transgender children advanced through the Texas legislature, as SB 29 passed through the upper chamber and HB 1399 went through the House Public Health Committee.
Proposed by state Sen. Charles Perry, Senate Bill 29 would bar transgender students in Texas from sports teams “that is designated for the biological sex opposite to the student’s biological sex as determined at the student’s birth.” Although governing bodies for both international and college athletics allow athletes to compete based on their gender identity, children would be required to comply with the “biological sex” listed on their birth certificates. Texas is among 30 states weighing bills to ban transgender girls or women from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. The legislation was passed through the state Senate on an 18-12 vote and now heads to the Texas House.
Meanwhile, House Bill 1399 was voted out of the Texas House Public Health Committee. The legislation targets the liability insurance of medical professionals who provide transition-related care.
These pieces of legislation are among six bills filed in recent weeks targeting transgender individuals. Others include SB 1646, that would add transition-related care to the state’s definition of child abuse, HB 1424, which would allow medical professionals to refuse transgender patients care, and HB 369 which limits protections for individuals diagnosed with HIV.
Earlier this week, the governing body for college athletics NCAA announced it will not hold events in states that discriminate against trans students.
“Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport,” the NCAA statement said. “Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to ensuring that NCAA championships are open for all who earn the right to compete in them.”