The Texas state Senate and House voted to pass a bill that restricts public school athletes from playing on sports teams that don’t match their sex — and the corporate media is already busy spinning it.
The Lone Star State’s Senate voted for the bill 19-12 on Friday and the House accepted the Senate’s amendments 76-61 on Sunday after months of deliberations on the issue. The legislation, which was sponsored by Rep. Valoree Swanson, now awaits a signature from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who previously signaled his intent to sign laws that protect girls’ sports.
“For five years the University Interscholastic League (UIL) in Texas has had a rule in place prohibiting boys from playing girls in girls’ sports,” Abbott said in April. “But the Texas Legislature is working on a bill to codify that, which I will sign.”
As the legislation currently stands, students’ participation on certain sports teams will have to correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate. The bill contains one exception that allows biological females, no matter what so-called gender identity they claim, to participate on male sports teams if no option is available for girls.
If Abbott signs it, Texas will join the ranks of other Republican-led states that have worked to keep biological boys out of girls’ sports, such as Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and others.
CBS News labeled the bill “controversial,” but polling suggests that allowing transgender athletes to play on teams that do not correspond with their sex is largely unpopular in the United States. In March, 53 percent of Americans supported banning males who claim to be females from playing women’s sports.
The Texas Tribune also showed its true colors by prefacing its article about the bill with a notice directing readers who need “LBGTQ mental health support” to call suicide prevention lines.
“For LGBTQ mental health support, call the Trevor Project’s 24/7 toll-free support line at 866-488-7386. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text 741741 from anywhere in the country to reach a trained crisis counselor. Read our mental health resource guide for more information,” the Tribune wrote.