Tennessee Legislators Likely to Pass Bill Tackling Gender and Interscholastic Sports


A bill in the Tennessee General Assembly would require that middle school or high school students’ biological gender determine whether they may participate in interscholastic sports specifically tailored either for males or females.

Supporters of the bill told The Tennessee Star Friday they believe the bill will pass both the state house and the state senate.

State Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) and State Rep. Scott Cepicky (R-Culleoka) are the bill’s primary sponsors, according to the Tennessee General Assembly’s website.

Cepicky was unavailable for comment Friday. Hensley, in an email, told The Star his bill has already passed the subcommittee and the full committee in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Members of the Tennessee Senate will vote on the bill next week, he said.

“It just passed through the Senate Education Committee this week. The purpose of this bill is to protect women’s right to compete on a level playing field,” Hensley said.

“Allowing biological males to compete in sports with biological females puts young women at a significant disadvantage. It goes directly against the original intentions of Title IX, which was established in 1972 to provide female athletes with equal opportunities to compete.”

Tennessee Eagle Forum President Bobbie Patray, meanwhile, said Friday that her organization “very much favors the bill.”

According to its website, the Tennessee Eagle Forum promotes individual liberty, family integrity, public and private virtue, and pro-family policies.

Patray said women “shouldn’t have to compete against men regardless of how they classify themselves now.”

“It is being problematic all over the country,” Patray said.

“I don’t know why the feminists who worked so hard to get Title IX in place aren’t protesting this [men competing against women], but they don’t seem to be.”

The Star asked Hensley if he sees a court challenge, assuming legislators enact his bill into law.

“I do not know if this legislation will be challenged through the judiciary. It is important legislation to pass, so that is an issue we would resolve if that time came,” Hensley said.

“This bill is all about fairness for our female athletes in middle and high school to ensure they are able to participate in equal competition. It is not to discriminate against anyone. We feel that this enhances Title IX  protections for women and does not discriminate against any particular group.”

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]











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6 Thoughts to “Tennessee Legislators Likely to Pass Bill Tackling Gender and Interscholastic Sports”

  1. DefundHollywood

    The fact that this even needs to be a law … Ay yi yi. That being said, pass this! Defend common sense, defend reality.

  2. Pandora

    Serious question….How do they handle this issue in the Olympics? Testosterone tests?

  3. William Delzell

    Are you saying that the female team that has a transwoman on it will have an advantage over the female teams that does not?

  4. 83ragtop50

    I surely hope that the legislators have enough guts to pass this legislation. But I would not bet the bank on them.

  5. jamesb

    please show some intelligence and do this. boys are boys and girls are girls. pay no attention to the crazies running their mouths

  6. rick

    The Democrats are freaks for promoting this perverted transgender sickness. Republicans do what is right and protect female athletes. Every day it is very clear that whatever is trash the democrats are for.