Kansas prohibits transgender athletes from participating in women’s and girls’ sports.
Kansas has banned transgender athletes from girls’ and women’s sports from kindergarten through college, the first of several potential new laws restricting transgender people’s rights pushed through by Republican legislators against the Democratic governor’s wishes.
The Legislature overrode Gov. Laura Kelly’s third veto in three years of a bill prohibiting transgender athletes on Wednesday, just one day after state lawmakers passed a broad bathroom bill. Wyoming is the most recent of 19 states to impose restrictions on transgender athletes.
The Kansas law goes into effect on July 1 and is one of several hundred proposals pursued by Republican lawmakers across the country this year to oppose LGBTQ rights. Kansas lawmakers who support the ban are also pushing for legislation to end gender-affirming care for minors and limit restroom use.
Kansas lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit transgender people from using public restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities associated with their gender identities, as well as changing their name or gender on their driver’s license. Kelly is likely to veto it.