It’s official: Texas now, by law, prohibits transgender youth from participating in school sports on the team properly aligned with their gender identity.

Texas House Bill 25, passed by lawmakers last fall during their third special session of the year and then gleefully and hatefully signed into law by Gov.

Greg Abbott, went into effect this week, on Tuesday, Jan. 18. HB 25 is one of the dozens of bills attacking transgender youth that swept through multiple state legislatures in 2021. Lambda Legal Senior Staff Attorney, Shelly Skeen noted, “HB 25 targets and attempts to further marginalize an already vulnerable student population by denying transgender kids the many benefits and opportunities full and equal participation in interscholastic athletics provides.