UPDATED 10:43 AM PT – Saturday, July 3, 2021
A 13-year-old transgender girl is suing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) over a law he signed protecting biological women in sports. The recently filed federal lawsuit alleged the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act discriminates against a Florida teen who is transgender.
Democrats have attacked the law along with DeSantis and the state Republican Party as discriminatory against the trans community. In response, DeSantis said the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act promotes “equality of athletic opportunities.”
The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act ensures women and girls aren’t discriminated against in athletic competition. These female athletes deserve a level playing field and are entitled to pursue their dreams in contests that have integrity.https://t.co/S1jMGTnkZm pic.twitter.com/vrBSFFajxB
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 1, 2021
“The bill that we’re doing today will ensure fairness for women athletes for years to come in the state of Florida,” said DeSantis. “It says that athletic teams or sports that are designated for females are open to females, and we’re gonna go based on biology not based off ideology.”
Florida is one of over 25 states that have made moves to ban biological boys from competing in women’s sports regardless of gender identity.