On March 4, Alaskans are invited to weigh in on a bill aimed at banning males who identify as transgender” from competing against biological females in high school sports.
The bill aims to ensure fairness for Alaska’s female athletes. Introduced last spring by State Senate Majority Leader Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer), the bill is one of more than a dozen introduced across the nation. Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and at least seven other states have already passed these types of laws.
Senate Bill 140 clarifies that “sex” means “biological sex” and it requires all schools to designate each of its athletic teams or sports as either being for males, females or coeducational.
“A student who participates in an athletic team or sport designated female, women, or girls must be female, based on the participant’s biological sex,” the bill states.
The legislation would also prohibit any accrediting or athletic association or school district from taking “adverse action against a school or school district for complying” with the law.
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On the other hand, a student, school or school district that is “deprived of an athletic opportunity or suffers direct or indirect harm” resulting from a violation of the proposed law “may bring a private cause of action for injunctive relief, damages, and any other relief available under law against the violating school.”
Additionally, the bill protects students and employees who report violations of the law.
Under current Alaska practice, the Alaska School Activities Association allows biological males to compete against females in state high school championship events. Several school districts, including Anchorage and Fairbanks also allow males who identify as females to participate in girls’ sports. Senate Bill 140 would prohibit this.
Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that males who identify as transgender can far outperform women in sporting events. A new study in Sports Medicine showed that even transgender hormone drugs have a very minimal impact on the physical advantages that biological males enjoy it comes to athletics.
The bill has been sitting in the Senate Education Committee since last spring.
— Click here to contact Sen. Shelley Hughes
— Email the Senate Education Committee at Senate.Education@akleg.gov.
— Click here to contact members of the Senate Education Committee.
— To call in and testify on March 4, contact your local Legislative Information Office for more information, or call 907-465-4648.