Republican politician wants to ban transgender athletes

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A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee has introduced a bill aimed to prevent transgender school students from joining sport teams corresponding with their gender identity in their schools. He has claimed that he wants to ensure fairness in team sports at school level and insisted that there is “no ill will” intended by House Bill 1572, Nashville Channel 5 reports. He insisted that people born with male anatomy had much better physical characteristics than cisgender females, and it would give them an upper hand in sport competitions of different kinds. If this bill is passed into law, , schools could be fined $10,000 if they were to allow a trans student participate in a team sport in line with their gender identity. State officials who knowingly violate the ban would be forced to give up their position and would be ineligible to hold any public office for a five year period.

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