Missouri bill would prohibit biologically male student athletes from competing in female sports

by Daniel Payne · Feb 27th, 2020 2:15 pm

Last Updated Feb 27th, 2020 at 5:20 pm

A legislator in Missouri is advancing a bill to keep high school sports teams single-sex, hoping to counter the increasingly popular phenomenon of transgender athletes playing on teams of the opposite sex.

Citing what she called the "categorically superior strength, speed, and endurance" with which males are imbued by birth, Republican state Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin said her bill was an attempt to "create a fair playing field" in the world of high school athletics.

Current Missouri law stipulates that students born male must undergo a year of testosterone blockers — followed by continual usage of the drugs — in order to compete against females.

A similar bill has been proposed in the Missouri House.


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