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Tulsi Gabbard Defends Supporting Anti-Trans Bill, Says It Is 'Based on Science'

© AP Photo / Mary AltafferDemocratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H.
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. - Sputnik International
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The lawmaker has been slammed by politicians and citizens over hypocrisy, given that she has presented herself as an LGBTQ+ supporter, and the bill is deemed to be discriminatory against transgender people.

Rep Tulsi Gabbard took to Twiter on Friday to fire back at critics who have slammed her decision to back the controversial bill, which has been criticised for excluding transgender women from female sports.

Earlier in the day, Gabbard introduced the "Protect Women's Sports Act", which, according to lawmakers, backs Title IX of the Education Amendment Acts of 1972 to protect citizens from discrimination based on sex.

Gabbard explained that her decision was "based on science", citing the generally accepted sex distinction between athletes.

​The controversial legislation has triggered concerns about potentially excluding transgender women from female sports, as it underpins the notion of biological sex, assigned by birth, while for transgender people it is more of a physiological state.

Twitter users and politicians have slammed Gabbard over her hypocrisy, given that during her election campaign, she expressed a "strong and ongoing commitment" to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. However, before announcing her presidential bid, Gabbard actually held the opposite view. Back in 2013, when she was elected to the House, Gabbard opposed same-sex marriages and civil unions in her state of Hawaii and was against studies on students' sexuality.

Gabbard's term in the House runs out in January 2021, and she is not running for re-election.

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