North Carolina’s Legislature has voted to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto and implement a law that restricts transgender athletes’ participation in K-12 and college sports.
The law prevents transgender girls and women from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity. North Carolina schools must determine a student’s eligibility for athletic participation “based solely on the student’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth,” according to the state’s new law. This applies to both public and private schools.
Red states all over the country have enacted similar laws around sports participation for transgender athletes. The laws mostly revolve around male-to-female athletes as critics claim they maintain an inherent physical advantage over biological females.