Oklahoma is requiring student athletes to sign ‘biological sex affidavits’

Oklahoma is requiring student athletes to sign ‘biological sex affidavits’

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In the wake of the passage of a law barring trans youth from participating on sports teams in alignment with their gender, Oklahoma schools are now requiring “biological sex affidavits” from student athletes.

On August 3, news of the affidavit policy’s implementation at one school district spread on Twitter after Erin Matson, executive director with abortion rights group Reproaction, shared a photo of an affidavit from Woodall Public School in Talequah, Oklahoma.

“This has nothing to do with encouraging girls to be athletes,” Matson said in a tweet accompanying the photo. “This is totalitarianism. It is the white nationalist agenda. The anti-LGBTQ2s+ agenda. The anti-abortion agenda. It is all the same agenda.”

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Under the Save Women’s Sports Act, signed into law in March, Oklahoma schools are required to implement the affidavits beginning with the upcoming school year. The affidavit requires the lawful parent or guardian of a student (or the student themself, if they are over 18) to certify the student’s legally listed sex, along with a notary’s signature. A new affidavit must be signed at the beginning of each school year. Several other school districts besides Woodall have begun to implement the forms, with local station KOAM first noting their presence in early July.

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