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Indiana House of Representatives advances bill prohibiting biological males from competing in women's sports

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Thursday, the Indiana House of Representatives voted to prohibit men who identify as women from competing in girls’ and women’s sports, LifeSiteNews reports.

In a 66-30 vote, the Indiana House passed House Bill 1041. Only three Republicans in the House did not vote in support of the bill.

The bill requires that “interscholastic athletic events, school corporations, public schools, nonpublic schools, and certain athletic associations expressly designate an athletic team or sport” as either all-male, all-female, or a coeducational mix of male and female. The bill “prohibits a male, based on the student’s biological sex at birth in accordance with the student’s genetics and reproductive biology, from participating on an athletic team or sport designated as being a female, women’s, or a girl’s athletic team or sport.”

The bill must now make its way through the Indiana Senate and be signed by the state’s Republican Governor Eric Holcomb before it can go into effect as law.

HB 1041 will apply to all K-12 public schools and school districts in the Hoosier State if passed into law. It will also affect any private schools that compete against public schools in sports. HB 1041 does not extend the prohibition to Indiana’s universities.

Should HB 1041 become law, Indiana would join the ranks of Texas and Florida, and eight other states, in protecting women and girls’ sports from competition by biological males.

In recent weeks, Will — now referred to as “Lia” — Thomas captured the public’s interest. Thomas is a male-to-female transgender swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is obliterating records previously held by biological women.

For years, prior to transitioning, Thomas competed on men’s swim teams. Now even though he is taking hormone suppressors, Thomas benefits greatly in competition from having the physique of a man. Thomas’ masculine muscle and bone structure enable him to have nearly a one-minute lead over his female competitors.

A female team member of Thomas believes that he actually arranged to lose to a female-to-male transgender athlete to make it appear that he, as a biological male, did not have the same physical prowess as the biologically female, trans male athlete.

On the condition of anonymity, Thomas’ teammate said, “Looking at [Lia’s] time, I don’t think she was trying. I know they’re friends and I know they were talking before the meet. I think she let her win to prove the point that. ‘Oh see, a female-to-male beat me.’”

Being biologically male and not having gone through gender reassignment surgery, Thomas still has male genitalia. Despite this phallic endowment, Thomas is permitted to use the women’s locker room alongside his female teammates.

“It’s definitely awkward,” one team member said, “because Lia still has male body parts and is still attracted to women.”

When members of the women’s swim team discussed this concern with their coach, they were told that “we could not ostracize Lia by not having her in the locker room and that there’s nothing we can do about it, we basically have to roll over and accept it, or we cannot use our locker room.”

HB 1041 is legislation that is focused on preventing people like Thomas — who are potentially misusing their transgenderism for personal gain — from having an unfair advantage over women.

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