Proposed Tennessee Bill Would Make Students Compete in Sports Based on Biological Sex at Birth

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A Tennessee state legislator introduced a bill Monday that would require elementary and secondary school student-athletes to compete in sports based on their biological sex at birth.

In State Rep. Bruce Griffey’s (R-Paris) proposed HB 1572, any elementary or secondary school that violates this requirement would be “immediately ineligible to continue to receive public funds of any type from this state or a local government.”

“We are seeing more and more transgender athletes competing and posting victories in traditionally gendered sports competitions, and doing so to the detriment of girls and women biologically born female. Boys and men, due to testosterone levels, bigger bone structure, greater lung capacity, and larger heart size, have physical advantages in sports relative to girls and women,” he said in a statement emailed to The Tennessee Star.

Furthermore, Griffey said believes it is “fundamentally unfair” for biological girls who are competing for college scholarships to go up against biological males.

As a penalty for violating this law, a district attorney can bring civil action against a state or local official who intentionally violates this act can be subject to $10,000 penalty, vacating their position and not be able to hold a public office, school administration or principal positions.

This bill comes as a response to the “Equality Act” the House of Representatives passed in May. If this act becomes law, it would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to add gender identity and sexual orientation as protected statuses. The Republican-controlled Senate has not taken a vote on this issue.

“With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushing through passage in the U.S. House of Representative HR 5 – the Equality Act – that, among other things, creates a civil right for male athletes to self-identify as females in sports competitions, I believe it is important for states to take a stand. This is what I seek to do through the filing of House Bill 1572,” Griffey said.

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Zachery Schmidt is the digital editor of Battleground State NewsIf you have any tips, email Zachery at [email protected]

 

 

 

 

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  96. Patty Gonzales

    Hope it passes. As we know, well, some of us anyway, that demons will attempt to thwart the bill, but believers should stand strong against them. They can call it what they want, transgender phobia, whatever, it doesn’t change the fact that it IS a spiritual war.

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  98. Jeff Block

    Very true. God made us male and female for a reason.

  99. Tx Transplant to TN

    As a supporter of women and girls’ sex-based rights, I applaud the decision to protect young female athletes.
    Unfortunately, when you have a young female transitioning to male and taking testosterone, this female will have a distinct advantage over other females.

    Mack Beggs (a female to male trans person) won two state titles in wrestling because Texas had the same law. Some girls refused to wrestle Mack. Please write the law properly!

  100. Terry Cronin

    Good boys and men should not be completing against girls or women it is wrong no matter what anyone say. You can pretend to be anything you want but you are what you are. Sorry

  101. Look in your underpants. Problem resolved

  102. Darlene Hamilton

    Good!! This whole thing with transgenderism is just pretending for the sake of the mentally ill. The best way to help them is to stop pretending.

  103. Jane

    It’s great that Rep. Griffey is filing this bill and standing up for common sense and individual rights, however, the federal government will get involved and just strip these privileges away as well as our tax dollars. I wish I were wrong, but it will happen like it keeps happening to us – the annihilation of Federalism.

    1. Horatio Bunce

      Hedy Weinberg will step in and tell the Republican super-majority how to vote like she always does – and they will do what she says like they always do. The attorney general will give a hand-wringing “opinion” that the state “might” get sued by the federal government, or that Uncle Sugar will withhold our tax dollars unless TN gets with the sexual perversion program.

      Tranny promotion is anti-heterosexual reproduction. It results in less humans. It’s a globalist/enviromentalist goal. Less people on the earth, accomplished by various means. See the 1972 Rockefeller Commission report and the NSSM200 Kissinger report to Nixon.

  104. Steve Allen

    Good. This whole issue with men pretending to be women then competing in women’s sporting events is so ridiculous I cannot believe it was ever allowed in the first place. It just goes to show how low parts of our culture have sunk. If you want to be recognized as the sex you were not born as that’s your business, but don’t force yourself on the rest of the world.

    1. William Delzell

      Say, Steve, how about women who pretend to be men? Should they play in men’s sports?

      1. Steve Allen

        William, sorry for being so late in responding to your question. Of course women who “pretend’ to men should not compete in men’s sports. What has competitive sports become, another platform for PC liberal foolishness? On judgement day, liberalism will be the funnel to hell.

    2. Dame Young

      Interesting you say that on line… You had best not extol those same sentiments at work when Sally wants you to refer to her as Marcus. You’ll be out of a job. See the problem with all of this is that they are about to just cannibalize themselves. The EXACT same group that jumping up and down saying that there are 159 different genders that you can choose depending on how you are feeling that day, are the same ones pushing this agenda as well. You can’t stop one without stopping the other, fairly that is… We all know that all of this just goes to allowing women to have the upper hand on men. All of the benefits, but none of the detriments. Unfortunately, that is not being an adult.

  105. William R. Delzell

    So, Bruce Griffey wants to protect biological girls from unfair competition and from sex predators, does he? I tell you what; if we find out that he and his associates themselves are sex predators or drug dealers, we will go to every length to call them out on their hypocrisy. It has been my experience that most of these right-wingers who claim to be concerned about the victims or would-be victims of sex crimes are sex criminals themselves. I hope I am wrong about Griffey, though.

    1. Steve Allen

      Let’s see now…..which political party’s president had an affair with an intern while married and has been identified as taking may flights on the “Lolita Express”? Which party wants to and engages in the legalization of drugs? Which party condones the intentional death of newborn children? I take extreme exception to being referred to as a sex criminal because I hold a conservative viewpoint and am concerned about the welfare of others.

    2. 83ragtop50

      Why are you attempting to obfuscate this topic? Oh, that is right. Liberals call names and attempt to sidetrack the issues when they have no leg to stand on. Keep it up.

    3. Gerald Firlik

      How the hell do you make such vile accusations, based on no proof or evidence, about your state representatives . Do you really think it’s a good idea to have males compete against females in sports and other endeavors? You are without a doubt an idiot if you do.

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