By The Associated Press | March 23, 2021 at 5:15 PM EDT – Updated March 23 at 5:15 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Several North Carolina Republican legislators have filed a bill, known as the Save Women’s Sports Act, that would block transgender women and girls from joining women’s high school and college athletic teams.
The state House measure filed this week comes as legislators in nearly 30 other states have proposed similar prohibitions. At least two states have passed laws.
A bill sponsor said on Tuesday that he wasn’t aware of public controversies surrounding transgender athletes in the state but wanted to be proactive.
The LGBT rights group Equality North Carolina opposes the bill as discriminatory. The measure would allow “biological female students” to sue if the law was violated.
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