ARK TRANSGENDER BAN IN GIRLS’ SPORTS — Arkansas' Republican attorney general and lawmakers have unveiled legislation that would prohibit transgender athletes from playing in girls' and women's sports teams at schools. Yesterday Attorney General Leslie Rutledge called the legislation a preemptive effort in response to an executive order President Joe Biden signed that prohibited discrimination based on gender identity in school sports and elsewhere.
"Joe Biden's executive order hurts the girls and women that title IX was passed into law to protect," Rutledge said. "So I want to send a strong message to President Joe Biden and his administration that here in Arkansas we intend to require schools to prohibit biological boys who self identify as girls into girls' sports teams."
Similar legislation has been introduced in at least 20 states so far this year. A similar measure was approved in Idaho but blocked by a court.