Missouri has become the latest state to join the movement to ban biological males from female sports and vice versa.
KY3 reports State Senator Cindy O’Laughlin, R-Shelby County, says transgender athletes have an unfair advantage over those who are naturally born male or female.
“It is a known biological fact that males are born with categorically superior strength, speed, and endurance,” O’Laughlin said during a State Senate Education Committee hearing Tuesday.
She filed a bill that would ban transgender athletes in high school from playing on teams that doesn’t match their birth gender.
“It has nothing to do with any other issue than trying to create a fair playing field,” O’Laughlin added.
Dr. Tom Jackson, a licensed chiropractor in Missouri, says O’Laughlin’s biology claim is wrong.
“I can tell you as someone who does train and treat transgender athletes on a daily basis, even professional ones, that they have no distinct advantage in competition,” Jackson said.
Danielle Meart, a mother of a transgender boy, agreed. She cited wrestling news from North Carolina from over the weekend.
“A cisgendered female, born female, identifies as female beat a boy, born male, identifies as male, beat him in the state [wrestling] championship this weekend in North Carolina,” Meart said. “There is no advantage.”