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High school athletic association opposes transgender athlete bill

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Michigan Legislature

A state Senate committee held a hearing today on a measure that would require transgender high school athletes to only play on teams that match their birth sex.

The exchanges in the hearing reflected the passions surrounding the question. Critics say the bill would discriminate against transgender and non-binary athletes. Its Republican sponsor says it’s not fair to allow athletes who’ve transitioned from male to female to compete as girls.

The bill is opposed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Communications Director Goeff Kimmerly says the bill is not necessary, and it would have unintended results.

“Our policy is effective and compassionate. Our schools are happy with it. And additionally, we feel this legislation takes away opportunities for all female athletes.”

The Michigan legislation is very similar to bills that have been sponsored in at least 30 other states.