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Ban on transgender sports passes despite appeal from senator

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Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-24 17:53:29-05

ATLANTA, Ga. — Transgender boys and girls would be banned from playing on the school sports teams matching their gender identity under a bill passed Thursday by the Georgia Senate. Senate Bill 435 passed on a 34-22 vote, sending it to the House for more debate.

The party-line vote came after a tearful appeal against the bill by Democratic Sen. Sally Harrell of Atlanta. She for the first time publicly told her colleagues that she has a transgender child.

The measure pushed by conservative groups would ban people born as males from competing for girls teams and would ban people born as females from competing for boys teams.