Tulsi Gabbard introduces bill that ties Title IX protections for female athletes to ‘biological sex’
William Cummings
USA TODAY

Outgoing Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is facing backlash after she joined Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin to introduce legislation specifying that Title IX protections for female athletes are based on “biological sex.”

The text of the bill introduced Thursday calls for Title IX compliance to be “determined on the basis of biological sex as determined at birth by a physician.” Title IX, which forbids sex-based discrimination in any school receiving federal funds, is best known for ensuring that women’s college sports programs receive equal support – and a federal judge recently applied it to rule a transgender woman could not be kept off a women’s sports team.

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