Legislation banning transgender athletes dies in the Legislature

(The Center Square) — Advocates for the transgender community celebrated another victory in Virginia Tuesday when the House of Delegates K-12 Education Subcommittee voted down a bill that would have segregated sports participation based on sex. 

A similar bill had a similar fate last year, though versions of the Save Girls’ Sports bill — a bill that confined sports players to teams of their biological sex and was first passed in Idaho — have been adopted by about half of the states since 2020.

The 2023 bill was sponsored by former Del. Karen Greenhalgh, R-Virginia Beach, and would have banned biological males from girls’ and women’s sports at all levels. Due to the then-Republican majority in the House, the bill narrowly passed the House 51-47, only to be killed in the Senate committee on education and health 10-5. 

Del. Delores Oates, R-Warren, sponsored the bill before the House subcommittee on Tuesday. Despite House
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