In a ceremony at the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in Denton, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law the Save Women’s Sports Act. The new law is designed to protect women’s collegiate sports and competitions from men masquerading as women.

“We’re here because women’s sports are threatened across the entire country,” said Abbott. “Some women are being forced to play against biological men. … College records that women set are being threatened. Women’s sports, women’s records, women’s teams, women’s locker rooms all are jeopardized when biological men are allowed to compete for those titles, for those teams, for those records.” 

Now, according to Abbott, “the legacy of women’s sports is safeguarded by the law for generations to come.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 15 by State Sen. Mayes Middleton (R–Galveston), bans Texas’ public universities and colleges from allowing biological men to compete against women.

Brady Gray, president of Texas Family Project, told Texas Scorecard he was “proud to be present for the historic signing of SB 15.” 

“We are thankful for the work of Riley Gaines and others who helped champion this historic legislation to save women’s sports,” said Gray. 

Gaines, a former collegiate champion swimmer, was forced to compete against a biological male and even lost championship titles due to his biological advantage. She was also forced to change with him in a locker room. 

“This new law will protect the integrity of women’s sports,” said Gaines during the ceremony. 

“It’s pretty amazing that this law is even necessary,” she continued, stating it’s obvious that “men are––and this is a fact––on average taller, stronger, more powerful, [and] can jump higher than women.”

Nevertheless, protestors waving “trans” flags stood outside the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in opposition to the legislation, which goes into effect on September 1. 

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Capitol Correspondent for Texas Scorecard. A 2021 graduate of Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government, Sydnie is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.


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