A national debate continues to rage over whether athletes who were born as males should be able to compete against girls and women.
Many conservatives, along with at least a few prominent liberals, argue that transgender females have an inherent advantage over teammates and competitors who were born female.
Of course, pundits on the far left insist that any such notion is evidence of bigotry and intolerance.
The issue has been addressed by lawmakers in several states across the nation.
Although efforts to ban trans athletes from female sports have faced legal challenges, one state recently advanced such a bill through its legislature.
According to The Hill:
Kentucky House lawmakers on Thursday advanced a bill seeking to ban transgender girls from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity, sending the legislation back to the state Senate, where it was introduced, for a final vote.
Under the bill, which is known as the “Save Women’s Sports Act,” school sports teams for Kentucky students in grades six through 12 designated as “girls” teams “shall not be open to members of the male sex.”
In this case, “sex” is defined as that which is listed on the child’s original birth certificate, or their sex assigned at birth, meaning even transgender girls who have legally amended their birth certificates to accurately reflect their gender will be barred from girls’ sports teams.
Similar legislation introduced in Idaho, Connecticut and West Virginia have faced legal challenges for violating Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
A growing number of athletes and advocates have pushed back against the progressive argument that transgender females should have as much right to play on girls’ sports teams as biological females.
Virginia Tech swimmer Reka Gyorgy has released a full statement on the NCAA allowing Lia Thomas to compete in the 500 freestyle. She was 17th in the event.
“Every event that transgender athletes participated in was one spot taken away from biological females throughout the meet” pic.twitter.com/Z0J9lUY3pN
— Kyle Sockwell (@kylesockwell) March 20, 2022
Female athletes have every right to protest against this madness – more should speak up!
If transgender athletes are allowed to 'compete', women's sport will be erased.
— Rupert Lowe (@RupertLowe10) March 21, 2022
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 19, 2022
Activists don’t stop when they’re winning.https://t.co/z7tqBo5ryo
— ‘The Dr. Debra Soh Podcast’ is on all platforms (@DrDebraSoh) March 18, 2022
Much of the recent discussion has focused on transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who has been dominating biologically female competitors.
In a recent Fox News piece, columnist Eli Bremmer argued against allowing Thomas and other trans athletes to compete against athletes who were born female.
Lia Thomas, formerly known as biological male Will Thomas, just won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events at the Ivy League women’s championship. Thomas crushed the competition and is now competing at the NCAA national championships this week in Georgia.
This biological male, now identifying as a female, has technically followed all the rules set out by the NCAA and in the process has unmasked a massive problem coming to a head in America.
That being said, for you moms and dads with daughters that compete in any youth sport: How would you feel if a boy or man were allowed to compete with your child, and they lose every game, meet and match as a result? What if your daughter worked hard her entire life, earning a college scholarship, only to have it snatched away by a young man competing in her sport?
Republican lawmakers in Kentucky and across the nation have been pushing legislation to exclude trans athletes from female sports teams.
In the following clip, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis explains why he supports one such law.
Do you believe transgender females should be allowed to compete against biological females?