Florida Republican Governor Ron Desantis on Tuesday signed into law a law banning transgender women and girls from participating in women’s athletic competitions at public facilities.
“We believe it is important to safeguard the integrity of these competitions,” Desantis said as he signed into law the new law, which marks the start of the U.S. Pride Month, which celebrates human rights every year. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) people.
“In Florida, girls go to play girls’ games, and boys play boys ’games,” he said. “We ‘re going to rely on biology, not ideology when playing sports.”
For this measure, which will take effect from July 1, girls and young women will be required to indicate their biological gender, using their birth certificate, to join a team.
Elected local Democrat Carlos Smith responded on Twitter, calling him “terrible”, gay and Latino.
“It feeds on transphobia and puts children at risk for harm for no apparent reason,” he says.
“Transgender children are children; Transgender girls are girls. Like all children, they deserve to play sports with their friends and be part of the team, ”commented Alfonso David, president of the LGBTQ human rights group The Human Rights Campaign.
The company has stated its intention to challenge the adoption of this law in court.
Florida is the latest state to take this kind of measure, with comparable lessons being introduced in the recent 20 Republican states.
At the same time, many traditional states, such as Arkansas, have taken steps to prevent transgender minors from losing the hormonal treatments needed for their transition.
U.S. President Joe Biden took a stand on the issue, announcing on the first day of his mandate a decree aimed at “preventing and combating discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.”