WV House of Delegates passes transgender athlete bill

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CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — Transgender athletes in West Virginia middle and high schools would be banned from competing on teams relating to their preferred sexual identity under a bill passed Thursday by the House of Delegates.

The bill passed on a 78-20 vote with two delegates absent. It now goes to the state Senate. Debate on the bill lasted more than an hour and often was emotional. Some Democrats and other organizations called the bill discriminatory.

When pressed by Democrats, bill supporters said the governing body for secondary school sports has not received any complaints about transgender athletes on teams that are different from their birth gender.

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