US state’s transgender sports ban includes genital inspections

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. Image: YouTube

Ohio’s House of Representatives has passed a bill to ban transgender girls from school sports and require medical “verification” from a doctor if a student’s “sex is disputed”.

Ohio Republicans slipped the anti-trans provision to an unrelated bill and quickly passed it on June 1, the first day of Pride month.

The new measure would require schools, state universities and private colleges to establish “single-sex” athletic teams and sports for the “male sex” and “female sex” or have co-ed teams.

The bill would require students whose “sex is disputed” to provide a doctor’s statement verifying their “internal and external reproductive anatomy”.

This doctor would also need to confirm the student’s “normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone” and perform an “analysis of the participant’s genetic makeup”.

Under the proposed measures, Ohio schools found in violation could face lawsuits.

Local group Equality Ohio blasted the last-minute vote on the provisions as “appalling” and “cowardly”.

“Lawmakers are once again causing real harm to LGBTQ+ youth to score political points,” Jochum said.

“Extremist Ohio lawmakers have chosen once again to bypass the democratic process at the last possible moment.

“On the first day of Pride month, rather than celebrate our state’s diversity, legislators are working to undermine it on multiple fronts.”

Equality Ohio says trans inclusion policies already in place

Equality Ohio said the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has had “a policy in place since 2015 that sets fact-based standards regarding transgender incusion in school sports.”

“To date, in the policy’s 10 year history, there have been fewer than 20 transgender girls approved to play high school girls sports,” Jochum said.

The group said the new bill “takes authority away from experts and usurps it with lawmakers’ own political agendas.”

“The amendment targets a handful of Ohio students and their families who simply want to play sports like everyone else,” Jochum said.

“The vast majority of Ohioans do not support this move. All Ohio youth deserve the opportunity to play on a sports team with their peers without having to hide who they are.”

Equality Ohio called on the state’s Republican Governor Mike DeWine (pictured) to veto the anti-trans provisions.

“Transgender youth are already at higher risk for anxiety, depression, and suicide as well as increased difficulties and discrimination in school,” Jochum said.

“The health and safety of our youth are not negotiable. This should not be a partisan issue.”

The bill will next go to a vote in the state’s Senate, which doesn’t sit again for several months.

Republicans in at least eighteen US states have enacted laws or issued statewide rules banning or limiting transgender sports participation.

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