A ban on transgender students participating in women’s sports has passed the Arizona House of Representatives.
The measure was supported 31-29 and will now head to the state Senate.
Representative Nancy Barto, a Republican sponsor of the legislation, said males should participate with males and compete against males while females should compete against females.
“Recent research actually verifies that even with cross-sex hormones, men have an unequivocal advantage. They've got stronger bones, they've got greater lung capacity,” she said.
If passed by the Senate, females at public and private schools would be protected by the measure, as well as those in community colleges and universities.
Teams or sports designated as “female” would not be open to biological males.