Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho) is sponsoring a bill that would ban transgender biological males from competing in female sports, joining a movement of states looking to do the same.
“Boys and men will not be able to take the place of girls and women in sports because it’s not fair.”Ehardt told the East Idaho News ”
We cannot physically compete against boys and men. The inherent biological, scientific advantages that boys and men have over girls and women, even if they were to take hormones, even if they were to spend a couple of years on estrogen, that’s not going to replace the inherent biological advantages that boys and men have.”
Some progressives, including Jennifer Frizzell, policy director for the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation oppose Ehadt’s bill.
Frizzell stated “Values of inclusion and diversity and developing concepts of teamwork and understanding are the overriding goals. I feel there are some myths that might be created that people change their gender identity just to change sports teams.”
Breitbart reports Republican legislators in five other states are drafting legislation to prevent men and women in high schools from participating in sports based on gender identity rather than their biological sex.
Lawmakers specifically said they want to protect women from facing unfair competition from men who claim to be transgender women.
The Wall Street Journal reported on the development:
The bills—introduced or prefiled in New Hampshire, Washington, Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri—reflect growing attention around the issue of whether transgender-rights protections are leading to unfair competition in women’s sports.
Policies regulating the eligibility of transgender high-school athletes are usually set by school associations and vary. In about a third of states, transgender students can freely compete on teams of the gender they identify with, according to transathlete.com, which tracks athletics policies nationwide.
Like the National Collegiate Athletic Association, some high-school associations allow transgender females to participate on girls’ teams if they meet certain conditions, such as completing a period of testosterone-suppression treatment or gender-reassignment surgery.
Popular podcast and UFC host regularly discusses how he believes biological males should not be allowed to compete in female sports.
Biological males such as Hannah Mouncey have made waves by dominating female sports with an obvious, massive physical advantage.
October of last year, Male born transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon set a new world record in the women’s 200m sprint.
McKinnon defended her ability to participate in the women’s category in an interview last October.
Popular podcast host Joe Rogan regularly discusses his belief that biological males have an unfair advantage in female sports and how the practice needs to be banned for the sake of parity and safety.
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