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Florida governor bans transgender women from school sports

FILE PHOTO: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the welcome segment of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S. February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo/File Photo

Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, signed a bill on Tuesday prohibiting transgender women and girls from participating on public school sports teams in Florida. The legislation, which take effect on July 1st, applies to both high school and college sports in the state of Florida.

Earlier this year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) stated that it "firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports." The NCAA went on to warn that only host locations that commit to providing a safe environment will be selected for games and tournaments.

Controversy among activists and politicians

Human Rights Campaign President, Alphonso David, said this law will both harm transgender and girls as well as the economy, as sports tournaments bring a lot of revenue into local communities.

"All Floridians will have to face the consequences of this anti-transgender legislation- including economic harm, expensive taxpayer-funded legal battles, and a tarnished reputation."

According to the governor, the bill - signed at the Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida - was created to protect the integrity of women and girls' sports. However, many see this as a discriminatory attack on the transgender community and a step away from inclusivity.

Majority of Democrats and activists argue that this ban, called the 'Fairness in Women's Sports Act,' goes against human rights laws and shall be considered unconstitutional.

DeSantis does not agree with this sentiment. He stated that "In Florida, girls are going to play girls' sports, and boys are going to play boys' sports."

A similar law was recently passed in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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