Louisiana won’t ban transgender athletes on girls’ teams

By: | June 24, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards struck down a bill prohibiting transgender athletes from competing on girls’ sports teams in Louisiana schools, pushing back against legislation that has passed several Southern states.

The veto from the Deep South’s only Democratic governor was expected, since Edwards called the measure discriminatory.

“As I have said repeatedly when asked about this bill, discrimination is not a Louisiana value, and this bill was a solution in search of a problem that simply does not exist in Louisiana,” the governor said in a statement. “Even the author of the bill acknowledged throughout the legislative session that there wasn’t a single case where this was an issue” in Louisiana.

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