Kansas to ban transgender athletes from girls' and women's sports
The first of several possible laws restricting the rights of transgender people was pushed through by Republican legislators over the wishes of the Democratic governor.
On Wednesday, the Kansas Legislature voted to override Governor Laura Kelly's third veto in three years, approving a bill that would prohibit transgender athletes from participating in school sports. The new law is set to take effect on July 1 and follows a broader bathroom bill passed the day before. This move aligns Kansas with 19 other states that have imposed similar restrictions on transgender athletes, including the most recent example in Wyoming.
The ban on transgender athletes is part of a broader trend among Republican lawmakers across the United States who are seeking to push back against LGBTQ rights. In addition to the sports ban, Kansas lawmakers who support the measure are also pursuing other proposals, such as ending gender-affirming care for minors and restricting access to restrooms.