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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – “This is a hot button subject all across the nation” said Representative Ryan Dotson.
On Thursday…Kentucky State Representative Ryan Dotson of Winchester pre-filed a bill that would exclude transgender women from competing in women’s sports.
“It’s something that many of the constituents that I represent wanted and there are some that oppose it. So, something this important really needs to be taken to the house floor and the senate floor for a vote and let the representatives of the people make a decision” said Dotson.
The bill would apply to public schools and universities. It says that participation for all athletic teams, activities, and sports should be based on the biological sex of students.
Dotson says it’s to protect the integrity of women’s sports.
“Speaking with female athletes, they really want this, because when it comes to when you look at the high school level you’re competing for scholarships for financial aid and it’s a huge deterrent if transgender females get involved in the sport” said Dotson.
Dotson says he knows it will bring some backlash…but says that research has proven that it would not be fair.
“Biologically, a transgender woman even when taking testosterone suppressants, still research have proven that they have more dense muscle mass even than females.”
The transgender community however disagrees with the bill…Addison Newton with TransKentucky told ABC 36…
“Instead of working to solve critical issues across the commonwealth, our lawmakers have opted to create a solution where a problem never existed.”
The bill still has about seven months before it would go into session.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Legislators in 25 states across America have filed legislation to level the playing field for biological women by excluding transgender women from women’s sports.
The bill draft, prefiled by state Rep. Ryan Dotson, a Winchester Republican, would apply to public schools and universities. The measure would designate that participation for all athletic teams, activities, and sports be based on the biological sex of students eligible to participate.
“Simply put, I prefiled this legislation to protect the integrity of women’s sports,” Dotson said.
Dotson cited the magnitude of sports in providing opportunities for women, specifically the ability to go to college, receive scholarships, and financial aid.
“We need to be realistic about the weight of these life-changing opportunities and ensure that fairness prevails.”
“Research shows that transgender women have a muscle-mass advantage over biological women, even if they take a testosterone suppressant,” He added. “Allowing transgender women to participate in women’s sports gives transgender women an unfair advantage.”