Friday, March 31, 2023

Bans on Biological Males Competing in Girls’ Sports Now Sweeping the Nation; World Athletics Bans Trans Females Who Experienced Male Puberty

AP Photo/Mary Schwalm
Bans on biological males competing in girls’ sports now sweeping the nation:
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has allowed a bill barring biological males from female scholastic sports to become law without his signature, but he isn’t happy about it.
The Republican governor said he worries Senate Bill 0133 is “overly draconian,” describing the measure as a solution in search of a problem in a state with about 91,000 students and just four known transgender athletes.
“First, while I support and agree with the overall goal of fairness in competitive sports, I am concerned that the ban included in this legislation is overly draconian, is discriminatory without attention to individual circumstances or mitigating factors, and pays little attention to the fundamental principles of equality,” Mr. Gordon said in a March 17 letter.
His reservations notwithstanding, such bills are on a roll nationwide. Wyoming becomes the 19th state to pass Fairness in Women’s Sports measures despite pushback from LGBTQ advocates who insist that “trans women are women” and decry the laws as “transgender sports bans.”
Like the other state laws, the Wyoming measure does not prevent boys who identify as girls from playing on boys’ sports teams, or prevent girls no matter their gender identity from participating on either boys’ or girls’ squads.
Terry Schilling, president of the conservative American Principles Project, cheered the legislative trend, saying no matter their gender identity, “males will still retain the athletic advantages that come with their biological sex.”
“We applaud Wyoming legislators for taking this step to preserve fairness and integrity in girls’ sports, and we look forward to seeing even more states—and eventually Congress—enact these important protections as well,” said Mr. Schilling. --->READ MORE HERE
World Athletics bans trans females who experienced male puberty:
Transgender women who have experienced male puberty will not be permitted to compete in female world ranking competitions, the World Athletics announced Thursday.
The international council opted to ban the swath of prospective athletes instead of continuing to follow its previous rules that placed parameters on the testosterone levels of transgender female athletes.
Previously, transgender women were required to reduce their amount of blood testosterone to a maximum of 2.5 nanomoles for a period of 24 months to qualify for competition.
After consulting with various stakeholders — including transgender representatives — World Athleteies found there was “little support” for the regulations.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe told BBC that the decision was “guided by the overarching principle which is to protect the female category.”
He noted that there are currently no transgender female athletes competing internationally in the sport who would be affected by the new rules, which are set to take effect March 31. --->READ MORE HERE
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