NAIA bans transgender women from competing in women’s sports

April 9, 2024

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) on Monday banned transgender women from competing in women’s sports, taking a more hardline stance than other athletic bodies that allow trans athletes to compete based on testosterone levels.

The NAIA, representing mostly small colleges, is less influential than the larger National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) but its decision carries some political weight in the wider U.S. debate about transgender rights.

Female athletes who have begun masculinizing hormone therapy may participate in internal workouts, practices and team activities but are banned from external competition.

The vote by the association’s Council of Presidents was 20-0.