WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Associated Press reported that the NCAA has named schools in Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee as championship host sites for upcoming regional softball tournaments in spite of the fact that all three states have passed bills banning the participation of transgender women and girls in sports consistent with their gender identity. This comes after the NCAA last month declared their opposition to anti-transgender sports ban legislation and reiterated their policy of only hosting championships in environments in which they can guarantee their athletes will be “safe, healthy, and free from discrimination.” In addition to Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee, states including Mississippi, West Virginia, Montana, and Idaho have passed laws to the same effect, with South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signing two Executive Orders to similar effect.
Despite the NCAA saying they were “closely monitoring” the legislation, eight states have enacted policies that the NCAA has signaled their opposition to. The Human Rights Campaign has been actively sharing information and urging the NCAA to take action both privately and publicly. In reaction to today’s news, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement:
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