26 state legislators introduced 41 bills targeting transgender children in sports in just the first two months of 2021—numbers that have since increased to 50 bills in 28 states, according to Axios Sports.
There is little, if any, scientific evidence backing the bills, and state legislators have struggled to point to an actual surge of trasgneder athletes in women’s sports.
Prominent female athletes continue to speak out against the laws.
For context: the NCAA promotes the inclusion of trasgender athletes, while requiring athletes who are transitioning to female to undergo testosterone suppression treatment for one year before they’re allowed to compete on a women’s team.
The big picture: if the issue of transgender women in sports seems to have come out of nowhere, it’s largely because of an uneven sense of urgency across policital lines.