OSSBA says girls should compete against transgender athletes

The Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA) has called on lawmakers to require female athletes to compete against male athletes who identify as transgender, saying a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls’ sports “jeopardizes local control” because it would overrule “the policy school districts have adopted” through the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association “regarding athletic participation.”

The OSSBA argued that participation in women’s athletics by male-bodied athletes who identify as transgender has been endorsed by school districts across the state.

“School districts voted to approve the existing OSSAA policy, and school districts through OSSAA should be responsible for evaluating whether a change is needed,” the OSSBA declared in a recent “legislative alert.”

Since 2015, Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association policy has required athletes who identify as transgender to complete at least one year of hormone therapy before being allowed to participate on girls’ teams.

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