Ohio House Republicans passed a bill late Tuesday that bans all transgender students from playing highschool and college sports, and requires genital exams in any disputes.
Representatives voted on House Bill 151 on the primary day of Pride Month. The measure next goes to the Senate after lawmakers return from summer recess. If the bill becomes law, it might take precedence over all current policies by highschool and college sports associations.
The prevailing association policies, which aim to guard medical privacy and stress inclusion, have in mind testosterone levels or the length of time an athlete has been transitioning, Cleveland.com reported. The brand new bill calls for an outright ban on transgender athletes.
Under the measure, if a player’s sex is disputed, he or she’s going to need to present a physician’s statement about “internal and external reproductive anatomy” and testosterone levels. Students would even have to point out an evaluation of genetic makeup.
During a hearing on the bill, Rep. Beth Liston, a Columbus-area Democrat and physician, called the amendment “state-sanctioned bullying.”
“This is really bizarre medically and nonsensical, but it practically, this bill implies that if anyone decides to query a toddler’s true gender, that child must undergo a sensitive exam,” Liston said.
“I struggle to grasp why we keep discussing bills specializing in children’s genitals,” Liston added.
In response to Equality Ohio and the Ohio High School Athletic Association, there is barely one transgender athlete in your entire state who’s participating in highschool sports, per ABC affiliate News 5 TV.
“With the ability to play on the girl’s team is totally amazing, it’s a complete dream,” said Ember, a softball player and highschool junior. “I feel at home and I will be myself. I don’t need to placed on the mask or pretend to be another person to benefit from the sport that I like.”
The Meidas Touch political motion committee tweeted a replica of the bill Thursday, and critics were incensed:
How is that not a HIPAA violation
— 👣Jarett & 🐾Lilly vs EVERYTHING (@JLVsTW1) June 2, 2022
@ACLU Please tell us you’re suing to stop this.
Nobody will “inspect” my child’s genitalia.🤬
— ✌🏼 I’m out. (@BexWords) June 2, 2022
So if anyone accuses someone of being trans, they need to undergo external and internal genital inspection, testosterone level testing, etc. what if everyone seems to be accused of being trans?
— DEFEAT THE LIES- VOTE BLUE 2022 (@wck461) June 3, 2022
i believed the GOP said its for less government intrusion in peoples lives.
— Moon Goddess Massage and Reiki (@Goddess_Moon) June 2, 2022
In PA, if a college doesn’t have a boys team for a selected sport, the boys can play on the ladies team. Happened usually after I coached girls volleyball. Nobody cared.
— Dawn (@dedinpgh) June 2, 2022
We’d like some perspective on this. That is kids we’re talking about- a few of that are already suffering trauma bc of bullying. That is inhumane
— TX Girl Ridin a Blue Wave🌊🌊🌊✝️🇺🇸🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@rojo2k) June 2, 2022
The Olympics removed visual gender identification years ago. That is hideous.
— ร๏ɭคг ฬคг๔єภ PATRIOT and LOVER OF DEMOCRACY (@TrumpTroll9000) June 2, 2022
The identical Republican legislators who spent two years howling about how mask mandates and vaccines were invasive affronts to bodily autonomy just passed a law mandating genital checks of kids based on someone’s mom complaining at a track meet. https://t.co/dXpyql7nKL
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) June 2, 2022