An Idaho legislator plans to introduce a bill barring biological males from competing in women’s high school sports.
Representative Barbara Ehardt of Idaho Falls says her bill would prohibit transgender individuals who were born biologically male from competing in women’s high school sports and vice versa. Under the bill, people with different chromosomes would compete separately regardless of what gender they identify with.
Washington, New Hampshire, Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri are also considering similar bills.
Washington added a new section onto House Bill 2201, saying that the separation will be enforced if the activity is specifically designated as male or female and is an individual competition sport.
Ehardt says she has been working on the bill for 18 months and that her intention is simply to stand up for women and girls, not work against LGBT rights.