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Oklahoma Public Schools Now Require Student-Athletes To Submit ‘Biological Sex Affidavit’

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Male or female – that is the question. At least it is in Oklahoma if you want to play on a sports team in public schools.

Student-athletes at Oklahoma public schools are now required to complete “biological sex affidavits” to determine whether they are eligible to participate in athletics as school districts begin enforcing a state law passed earlier this year intended to bar transgender women and girls from playing on school sports teams consistent with their gender identity.

An affidavit form distributed by Woodall Public Schools as part of its 2022-23 athletic policy surfaced on social media on July 28 after Erin Matson, executive director at Reproaction, a reproductive justice group, shared the form on her Twitter page.

“Do you understand what is happening?” Matson tweeted.“This has nothing to do with encouraging girls to be athletes. This is totalitarianism. It is the white nationalist agenda. The anti-LGBTQ agenda. The anti-abortion agenda. It is all the same agenda.”

The affidavit comes as a part of the state’s Save Women’s Sports Act, signed in March by Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt.

“When it comes to sports and athletics, girls should compete against girls. Boys should compete against boys,” Stitt said during a signing ceremony. “And let’s be very clear: That’s all this bill says.”

The law requires that youth sports teams base eligibility on “biological sex” rather than gender identity. The text of the law specifies that sports designated for “females, women or girls” shall not be open to male students.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks after signing into law a bill making it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, April 12, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

According to Fox News Digital, the act requires public school students complete the affidavit prior to the start of the school year, “acknowledging the biological sex of the student at birth.” Students 18 years or younger must have a parent or guardian complete the form, while those older than 18 can complete the form themselves.

If there is any change in the status of the student’s biological sex, the affiant is required to notify the school within 30 days of the change.

The “Save Women’s Sports Act” passed amid a heated debate over allowing transgender girls to participate in women’s sports. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are among several governors who have also signed bills prohibiting transgender women from competing in female sports.

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