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Relating to requiring public school students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 29 would prohibit an interscholastic athletic team sponsored or authorized by a school district or open-enrollment charter school from allowing a student to participate in an interscholastic athletic activity sponsored or authorized by the district or school which is designated for the biological sex opposite to the student’s biological sex.
The bill would make an exception for girls, allowing them to join a boys team if, and only if, there is no girl's team in the given sport.
Texas Action supports SB 29 because it espouses the individual liberty and personal responsibility principles. Public school students in teams or events separated by biological sex, expect and should be expected to compete against their biological peers. Allowing students to change to a team opposite their biological sex will either dramatically improve or reduce their relative standing on a team through no effort or fault of their own. This flies in the face of the spirit of competition that school sports are meant to foster. Moreover, it can, depending on the sport, dramatically increase the risk of serious injuries, and schools have a responsibility to keep Texas students safe.