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Transgender Athlete Ban Stokes Controversy In Arizona Legislature

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 12:14pm
Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 1:49pm

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A bill in the state Legislature would ban transgender teenagers from participating in girls' sports. It’s a bill sponsored by Rep. Nancy Barto (R-Phoenix) that’s particularly aimed at transgender women who are genetically identified as male.

There are similar bills being debated in Idaho and Alabama, and a family in Connecticut is suing over a policy that allows transgender people to be included in school sports.

Arizona’s bill, dubbed the "Save Women’s Sports Act," has caused an uproar from those on the left who say it’s only meant to discriminate against transgender youth. But those in support say it’s about fairness for girls in sports.

The Show heard from those on both sides of this debate and began with Cathi Herrod, president of the conservative Center for Arizona Policy.

For the other side of this debate, as well as some of the history behind sex-testing in sports, The Show turned to Victoria Jackson. She is a sports historian and clinical assistant professor of history at ASU. Jackson began by talking about the current stance on transgender participation from sports governing bodies, both locally and at the international level.

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