Rapper Zuby was never a professional athlete. But somehow he holds the British women’s weightlifting record. In 2019, soon after declaring herself a woman, he lifted 238 kilos, above the marks achieved by women athletes in his country. While Zuby’s attitude was an ironic provocation, the issue he raised is a serious one: because of inept biological advantages, men have a physical superiority over women. And this advantage remains even when the so-called “gender identity” changes.
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To avoid these distortions, a growing number of American states have come to appreciate bills that would bar biologically male people from participating in female sports at school. Eight states already have such laws in place: Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Idaho and Florida. In all cases, the legislation passed this year after the federal government – under Joe Biden – began pushing for so-called trans rights.
Florida was the most recent state to implement a law ensuring that high school athletes are required to compete with persons of the biological same sex, regardless of gender identity. “As a father of two girls, I want my daughters, and any girl in Florida, to compete on an equal footing for opportunities available to young women in sports.” said Ron de Santis, Republican governor, on June 21, in signing the law. The proposal had been approved by 77 votes to 40.
In Tennessee, the law requires students in grades four (aged nine) to submit documents demonstrating their gender to participate in school competitions. In practice, the legislation equates “gender” with “sex”.
The text approved in Tennessee mentions, among other factors, the fact that “boys, on average, can be physically stronger than girls, having more skeletal muscle mass than girls and more strength in the upper and lower parts of the body. which can result in injuries to girls if they participate in contact sports with boys.”
The laws are limited to school and university competitions because these are issues within the purview of state governments. Professional sports associations, on the other hand, being private entities and dealing with adult athletes, have more legal freedom to decide their own criteria.
The national debate exposes a deep divide between the two parties that dominate American politics. All eight governors who sanctioned such measures are Republicans. In the Florida vote, all Republicans voted in favor, and only one Democrat failed to vote against. In Kansas, a similar initiative was approved by the legislature, which has a Republican majority, but was not sanctioned by Governor Laura Kelly of the Democratic Party.
Even a transgender celebrity, Caitlyn Jenner, declared himself against the presence of males in female sports. “It’s a matter of justice and we need to protect women’s sports in our schools,” said Caitlyn, who is a member of the Republican Party. When his name was still Bruce, he was a professional athlete and an Olympic medalist.
The pressure has increased after the Biden government, which took office in January, issued a series of executive orders requiring men who identify themselves as transsexuals to have the same rights as women. Proponents of this policy claim that a Supreme Court decision upholds that policy.
In October 2019, the Supreme Court ruled in Boston v Clay County that discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity is covered by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The ruling means that a person cannot be fired, for example , for being transgender. The decision also takes into account a rule known as Title IX, which ensures gender equality in school and college sports.
But the Supreme Court decision does not mean that biologically male people can compete among women. “Title IX was designed to prevent discrimination and create equal sporting opportunities for women. Allowing men to compete in women’s sports reverses nearly 50 years of advancement for women,” she told People’s Gazette Christiana Holcomb, Advisor to the Alliance in Defense of Freedom. The organization provides assistance to athletes and family members who feel harmed by the inclusion of males in competitions for women.
Therefore, the legal battle in the American states must continue. “These laws will ensure that women and girls can compete fairly and become champions. We are hopeful that this trend in laws will continue, so that women athletes across the country can enjoy the benefits of competing in sports and have the opportunity to earn medals, podium places and public recognition,” says Christiana.
Kara Dansky, one of the directors of the Women Human Rights Campaign, agrees. “The vast majority of Americans are opposed to men’s participation in women’s sports, so I believe we will see more laws like these in the future,” she told People’s Gazette.
At the same time, Kara laments that much of academia, journalism and even the business environment in the United States has been “captured by the false idea that it is possible for men to become women.” The Women Human Rights Campaign emerged to defend the rights of women threatened by the advancement of the transgender agenda.
The Human Rights Campaign, an organization that champions the LGBT cause, has already announced that it will challenge legislation passed in Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee in court. “Due to the unprecedented onslaughts and attacks on state legislatures, we have a responsibility to use whatever tools are available to protect the LGBTQ community, including prosecution against states that violate our civil rights.” affirmed Alfonso David, president of the organization.
This year’s Olympics will be the first in history with a transsexual athlete. The International Olympic Committee approved the participation of Laurel Hubbard, born male, in the women’s weightlifting competition. Until the age of 35, Hubbard, who represents New Zealand, competed in the men’s category.
Gabriela Alves, one of the representatives of the Women Human Rights Campaign in Brazil, says that many sports federations end up giving in to pressure because the simple contestation of some banners of the trans movement can generate negative repercussions: “Nowadays it is very risky to question this movement without be canceled or persecuted. In addition, embracing these agendas is something extremely profitable for these federations, because it is a powerful lobby politically and financially,” she says.