Texas bill could keep transgender students out of high school sports

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Back in February, Mack Beggs - a transgender high-school wrestler - won his weight class in the Texas girls' state championship, sparking controversy among some who said the hormones he was taking as part of his transition gave him an "unfair advantage". Hall's proposed bill would disqualify any athlete if "the safety of competing students or the fairness of a particular competition has been or will be substantially affected by the student's steroid use", and requires students provide their health records to UIL officials.

A Democratic senator, Sylvia Garcia of Houston, offered an amendment to spell out protections for transgender kids, but it was voted down.

The new bill would eliminate that.

Not all transgender people necessarily take steroids.

Equality Texas, an LGBT advocacy group, said the bill goes about fixing things bass ackwards. He wants to compete with the guys but can not because state law makes student athletes participate as the gender listed on their birth certificate.

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It was brought by Coppell lawyer Jim Baudhuin, and alleged that the UIL was not adhering to its own policies on use of steroids. It establishes criminal and civil penalties for local government entities and law enforcement that don't comply with immigration laws and detention requests, the governor's office said.