On Thursday, State Representative Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) said he will pre-file a bill known as the “Gender is Real Legislative (GIRL) Act”. The bill would require Alabama public schools to make sure every player in athletic competition is sorted by their gender on their birth certificate. It would also forbid any state, county, or municipal government/agency from providing a facility to a single-gender competition that allows a transgender entrant. The bill exempts any event that is specifically designed to have both boys and girls as competitors.
“Gender is real. There are biological differences between boys and girls that influence athletic performance. The GIRL Bill seeks to support female student-athletes, so that they may compete against each other and not have to compete against male students with an unfair advantage,” said Pringle in a statement.
“Liberal Democrats are always trying to accuse us of refusing science, but gender is a real biological truth. It truly defies logic that anyone would deny science and want male students to compete in female sports,” added Pringle.
Update: The bill has been filed as HB 35.