Published Online: March 8, 2016
Published in Print: March 9, 2016, as Birth Certificates to Gauge Gender for Texas Athletes

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Birth Certificates to Gauge Gender for Texas Athletes

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School superintendents in Texas have overwhelmingly approved a change that requires public school officials to use a birth certificate to determine a student-athlete's gender.

A referendum ballot submitted to superintendents shows they voted 586 to 32 to amend University Interscholastic League rules when it comes to transgender athletes.

Texas becomes one of seven states that require high school students to provide either a birth certificate, proof of gender-reassignment surgery, or documentation of hormone therapy, according to It says other states like California and Florida have more inclusive rules.

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