Oklahoma public schools will now require their students to sign affidavits that confirm their biological sex, not their gender identity, if they want to participate in any school sports.
The affidavits are in accordance with the state’s new ‘Save Women’s Sports Act’ signed by Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitts in March. The law requires that students be eligible to participate in sports teams based on their ‘biological sex,’ rather than gender identity, and covers female-only athletics in middle school, high school, and college.
Parents of the Woodall Public School district south east of Tulsa learned about the affidavits in late July after it began circulating on social media, Fox News reported. The mandate applies to all students in the district, in kindergarten through high school, for the incoming 2022/2023 school year set to begin on August 11.
The policy was brought to parent’s attention after Erin Matson, a self-described ‘feminist writer,’ and the executive director of Reproaction, a direct action group working to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice, posted about it on Twitter on July 28.
‘Do you understand what is happening? 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,’ Matson wrote to her now over 15,000 followers.
‘This is real,’ Matson added. The post garnered nearly 47,000 views and anger from some local parents.
Pictured is a copy of the affidavit shared by Erin Matson, a self-described ‘feminist writer.’ Oklahoma public schools makes biological sex affidavits mandatory for all students from kindergarten though college who want to participate in sports activities
The Woodall Public School district is located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, south east of Tulsa
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill on March 30 that prevents transgender girls and women from competing on female sports teams. Stitt signed the bill flanked by more than a dozen young female athletes, including his eighth-grade daughter Piper
Woodall Schools Superintendent Ginger Knight said the school district ‘is following a new Oklahoma law, and the affidavit is required by the state statute.’
The form requires an affiant to sign the form as well as a notary.
The act requires public schools to complete the affidavit before the school year begins. For students 18 years or younger a parent or guardian must complete the form, those above 18 can complete the form themselves.
If there is any change in the biological sex of the student, they are required to notify the school within 30 days.
Eddie Wright, Director of Athletics for the District of Oklahoma City Public Schools, which includes approximately 48 schools and 31,000 students, said its athletic department is overseeing students in 7th to 12th grade who are now required to fill out the affidavit.
Wright said it is being conducted through Rank One, an athlete management and scheduling software.
Many civil rights activists expressed their grievances with the law, including the American Civil Liberties Union.
Tamya Cox-Touré, ACLU of Oklahoma executive director, said in a statement that ‘promoting baseless fears about trans athletes does nothing to address those real problems.’
‘Ultimately, SB2 violates the United States Constitution and federal civil rights law, puts Oklahoma at risk of losing federal funding and harms transgender youth, all to solve a problem that does not exist,’ Cox-Toure said, Fox News reported.
The ‘Save Women’s Sports Act’ that covers female-only athletics in middle school, high school, and college that was signed by Governor Stitts on March 30.
The law requires that student’s eligibility to participate on a sports team is based 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. It does not address male sports.
It appears the Woodall Public School district has gotten a head start on following the new law, as the ‘Save Women’s Sports Act,’ (SB 781) only officially goes into affect on August 28, 2022.
According to the Missouri Senate, the law states that ‘no athletic team or sport designated for biological females, as defined in the act, shall be open to students that are biological males, as defined in the act.
‘No governmental entity, licensing or accrediting organization, or athletic association or organization shall take any adverse action, as described in the act, against a school for maintaining separate interscholastic or intramural athletic teams or sports for students that are biological females.’
‘No public or private middle school or high school or a public or private institution of postsecondary education that has biological males playing biological female’s sports shall be eligible for money appropriated by the General Assembly.’
The text of the law specifies that sports designated for ‘females, women or girls’ shall not be open to male students. It does not address male sports. Pictured is Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, with a bill he signed making it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, on April 12, 2022
It appears the Woodall Public School district has gotten a head start on following the new law, as the ‘Save Women’s Sports Act,’ ( SB 781 ) only officially goes into affect on August 28, 2022