Gov. DeSantis signs bill barring transgender females from women’s sports
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act into law at a press conference in Jacksonville on Tuesday morning.
The bill — SB 1028 — will not allow transgender women to compete in women’s sports in Florida. DeSantis signed the bill into law on the first day of Pride Month. It is slated to go into effect on July 1.
Florida joins Idaho, Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Montana in banning trans-women from competing in secondary and collegiate sports for women and girls.
Nikki Fried, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, called the bill “heartless” on Twitter and claimed the governor is “marginalizing an entire community.”
Officials with the Human Rights Campaign took to Twitter to announce that they were planning on filing a lawsuit to block the bill.
On the other side, Selina Soule, a track-and-field athlete from Connecticut, spoke at the Governor’s press conference. She claims that she was denied athletic opportunities when two trans athletes beat records she claims she wouldn’t have been able to beat.
Soule spoke at the Jacksonville press conference in support of the bill.
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