Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs transgender sports ban on first day of Pride


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the signing of a bill that would bar transgender athletes from competing in girl’s and women’s sports.

“We believe, in the state of Florida, in protecting the fairness and integrity of women’s athletics,” Gov. DeSantis said at the conference.

Florida’s controversial measure is part of a wave of anti-trans legislation sweeping the country. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 2021 has been a recording-breaking year for anti-trans bills, with over 80 being introduced in house legislatures across the United States.

The HRC announced on Twitter that it would be filing a lawsuit to counter the ban.

Notably, DeSantis’ bill signing falls on the first day of Pride Month.