Missouri proposal would restrict participation of transgender athletes
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri State Senator is pushing for a resolution that would ban transgender student-athletes from competing as the gender they identify as.
The resolution, filed by State Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, would be an amendment to the state constitution and therefore must be approved by voters.
It would amend Article III of the state constitution by adding a 54th section that reads:
“Section 54. 1. For purposes of this section, the term ‘biological
sex’, shall mean the physical condition of being male or female,
identified at birth by a person’s anatomy and indicated on their birth certificate.
2. Students participating in any event or activity, that is a single-gender event, organized by any statewide activity association shall be required to participate in the event corresponding to the student’s biological sex. “
The state athletic association’s current rules on trans athletes went into effect in 2012.
The MSHAA rule book says female to male student-athletes who have undergone hormone/medical treatment may not compete on girls teams but they can compete on boys teams. A trans female (male to a female) is barred from participating in girls’ sports until they’ve completed a year of treatment with hormone suppression medication. The athlete then must provide documentation that they are continuing treatment.
Missouri is now one of five other states debating whether to restrict the participation of transgender athletes.