JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law on Tuesday barring biological males from competing in women’s athletic competitions. Passed by the Florida legislature in April, the Fairness In Women’s Sports Act also allows female athletes who are unfairly affected by competition with biological males to file lawsuits.
“We’re going to go off of biology, not ideology,” DeSantis said at the signing at Trinity Christian Academy, surrounded by student athletes from the private school. “In Florida, girls are going to play girls sports, and boys are going to play boys sports.”
DeSantis noted that Florida’s decision to reopen schools quickly after the initial coronavirus response kept athletic opportunities available to students like those standing behind him. “If they had been in California, they would have been on their couch,” he quipped.
Selena Soule, a track and field athlete from Connecticut who was forced to compete against and lose opportunities to biological males for all four years of