The National Collegiate Athletic Association said in a statement Monday that it would not host college championships in states that bar transgender athletes from playing with their gender identity, saying that it "firmly and unequivocally" supports transgender athletes.
"This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition," the NCAA's board of governors 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."
Several states have passed laws that ban biological males from participating in women-only events regardless of which gender they identify as.
"When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected," the NCAA said.