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Kentucky Senate panel advances ban on transgender athletes

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State Senator Robby Mills is the sponsor of SB83 which would bar transgender girls from participating in school sports that match their gender identity.

A Kentucky Senate committee advanced a bill Thursday that would bar transgender girls from participating in school sports that match their gender identity. WUKY's Karyn Czar reports from Frankfort.

SB 83 would apply to K-12 sports, but its lead sponsor focused on high school athletics, saying it would ensure that girls compete against other “biological females.” Current KHSAA policies allow transgender student-athletes to compete on teams based on their gender identities if they have undergone sex reassignment before puberty or undergone such procedures and take hormonal therapies. David Walls is the Executive Director of the Family Foundation. He supports the bill and believes it should go a step further and include collegiate level sports.

Speaking out in opposition was Jackie McGranahan with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.

The measure passed 9-3 and moves on to the GOP-dominated full Senate.