Transgender Sports-Wisconsin

Maddy Niebauer and her 10-year-old transgender son, Julian, from Middleton, Wis., take part in a rally for transgender rights that drew about 75 people Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. Republicans who control the state Legislature are holding hearings Wednesday on legislation that would ban transgender athletes from competing in girls' and women's school sports — a proposal opposed by nearly 20 groups, including the statewide body that oversees high school sports. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

MADISON — Female athletes urged Wisconsin lawmakers on Wednesday to ban transgender people from participating in girls' and women's sports, while opponents of the Republican-backed measures said they were discriminatory and chasing a problem that doesn't exist.

A broad array of more than 30 groups opposed the measures that got their first public hearings before three legislative committees. Supporters, including female athletes and representatives from national groups pushing similar laws in other states, argued that the sanctity of girls' and women's sports was at stake.

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