AUSTIN – The Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would bar transgender students from playing on school sports teams based on their gender identities.
House Bill 25 would require that public school athletic teams must be based on students' genders on their birth certificates.
According to reports, Rep. Valoree Swanson, a Republican who sponsored the bill, has argued that it would protect equal participation of girls in school sports.
The University Interscholastic League, which governs K-12 public school sports in Texas, uses birth certificates to determine gender, but it recognizes certificates that are amended, according to its website.
The bill now goes to the GOP controlled Texas Senate for consideration and would then go to Gov. Greg Abbott to be signed into law.