Senate passes HB 1041, banning transgender girls from competing in girls’ sports

Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 2:26 PM EST
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INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA) - The Indiana Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would prohibit transgender girls from participating in girls’ sports competitions at the grade school and high school level, sending the measure to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk.

The vote was 32-to-18. If signed by the governor, HB 1041 will become law.

Proponents have argued it will protect the integrity of girls sports by preventing those who were born male from dominating competitions. Rep. Michelle Davis, a Republican from Greenwood who authored the bill, said its purpose is to “maintain fair competition in girls sports.”

Those in opposition say it will ostracize youth who have already faced numerous challenges in their lives. The Indiana Democratic Party called the bill’s passage a “dark precedent” and called on Holcomb to veto the bill. The ACLU labeled the bill “cruel.”

Holcomb said last week that he would review the bill’s final version before making a decision.

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