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Florida Republicans Back Bills Banning Transgender Athletes From Girls’ Sports

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TALLAHASSEE

The latest front in the culture wars has made its way to the Florida Legislature.

Republican lawmakers have proposed a bill which would ban transgender athletes from competing in school-sponsored girls’ sports, arguing that the integrity of gender-specific competition is at stake. Activists for transgender rights say the legislation is thinly disguised bigotry which purports to solve a problem that does not exist.

“This is not about sports, this is about marginalizing and demonizing the transgender community in all aspects of life,” said Gina Duncan, the director of transgender equality at the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Florida.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.