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 TransAthlete.com. It says other states like California and Florida have more inclusive rules.
A version of this article appeared in the March 09, 2016 edition of Education Week as Birth Certificates to Gauge Gender for Texas Athletes