An anti-trans bill has been passed in the Tennessee State House that will withhold public funds from schools that allow transgender students to participate in sports
The bill passed with a vote of 66-22 and adds to the law that requires schools to determine a student’s birth gender.
Last year, a law was put into place that requires schools to determine a student’s gender, for purposes of participation in school sports, by the student’s sex at the time of birth.
It’s not clear how much money will be withheld from districts, but they will be liable if they fail to act and abide by the new legislation.
There has been widespread division surrounding transgender students participating in sports.
Multiple bills are now targeting transgender students, with some saying it has sparked a mental health crisis in youth.
This comes as celebrities take to social media to condemn the discriminatory bills against the LGBTQ community.
Superstar Ariana Grande has pledged to match up to $1.5 million in donations to advocacy groups. She wants to help fight the wave of anti-trans bills circulating through state legislatures.
This year alone, the United States has passed hundreds of bills that limit the rights of the LGBTQ community. However, these are mainly targeted toward transgender people.
Kyrgios through to Wimbledon semi-final amid court battle
Nick Kyrgios is through to the Wimbledon semi-final for the first time in his career, but the controversial Australian tennis star is remaining tight lipped about his off-court battle
Ahead of the stellar match, Australian police confirmed the 27-year-old will be required to appear in a Canberra court next month amid allegations of assault by a former girlfriend.
Kyrgios says it’s been difficult to read reports about the alleged claims, but it did not impact him mentally.
During a post-match press conference, Kyrgios told reporters he has a lot on his mind at the moment, but he’s been advised by his lawyers to stay quiet.
The Aussie put on an incredible show for fans around the world, powering through to the next round in a straight sets victory over Christian Garin.
When it comes to reaching the semi-final, Kyrgios says he’s just so proud of his recent achievements.
Nick Kyrgios to face Australian court
One of Tennis’ most iconic events, Wimbledon, is underway and it’s been action-packed
Quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios has been in hot water and the spotlight continues on the aussie, he is set to appear in court next month once Wimbledon has come to a close
He’ll head down under to face an allegation of common assault.
Police said it follows an incident in December last year which Kyrgios’ lawyer says was “in the context of a domestic relationship”.
He will play Chile’s Cristian Garin in the Wimbledon last eight on Wednesday.
Kyrgios’ lawyer told the Canberra times “The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously.”
The Association of Tennis Professionals is aware of the Australian case involving Kyrgios but declined to comment further at this time.
Williams loses first round at Wimbledon
There’s been a bit of drama on the court as the most prestigious tennis Grand Slam gets underway
Spectators filled the All England Club on Monday to watch the biggest tennis stars hit the court at Wimbledon.
After coming back from a lengthy break, Serena Williams lost in three sets to 24-year-old, Harmony Tan.
“When I saw the draw, I was really scared. I don’t know what to say, I’m so emotional now because she’s a superstar,” Tan says.
Tan took the first set 7-5, before Williams took over 6-1. Tan fought back to win a thrilling third set tie-breaker.
Despite her dramatic loss, the former world number one is brushing off retirement rumours.
Kyrgios spits at crowd
Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Aussie tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, caused a bit of a stir calling the chair umpire a “snitch” after she supposedly complained to the court umpire about his behaviour.
The 27-year-old will likely be up for a fine for also spitting towards a fan during the match.
Kyrgios says there was a lot of disrespect from the crowd, which is why he admitted to spitting towards a fan.
“I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything,” he says.
Katerina Kostakos contributed to this report
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