Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a ban on transgender girls from competing in girls’ and women’s sports at an event at a Christian school on the first day of Pride Month, which celebrates the LGBTQ community.
“We believe in the state of Florida protecting the fairness and integrity of women’s athletics,” said DeSantis, who was on stage Tuesday with several teenage girl athletes at the Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville. “… I can tell you that in Florida, girls are going to play girls’ sports and boys are going to play boys’ sports.”
Advocates say the law prevents an unfair advantage in competitions, but critics slam it as being discriminatory and unnecessary.
Democratic lawmakers argued that high school and college sports in Florida haven’t had an issue with transgender girls and women in competition and warned that some transgender girls already playing sports would be kicked off their teams.