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Mississippi passes bill blocking transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports

The Mississippi House passed a bill Wednesday to ban transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s sports across the state.

The bill is now headed to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves’ desk. He is expected to sign the bill, according to a Fox News report.

What are the details?

The House passed the bill — dubbed the Mississippi Fairness Act — 81-28 on Wednesday, according to the outlet. Six representatives did not vote, and seven representatives voted “present.”

The Republican-controlled state Senate passed the bill 34-9 in February.

The ban will apply to state schools and universities. According to
ABC News, the bill would require “any public school and university that is a member of the Mississippi High School Activities Association and NCAA, among other associations, to designate their athletic teams as male, female or co-ed and restrict athletes assigned male at birth from joining female teams.”

Idaho became the first state to pass a similar law banning trans women from competing in women’s sports in 2020. A federal district court, however, suspended the new law and it has yet to be enacted.

What are people saying about this?

Mississippi Republican State Sen. Angela Hill, who sponsored the bill, said, “If we do not move to protect female sports from biological males who have an unfair physiological advantage, we will eventually no longer have female sports.”

She added, “This issue is imminent in Mississippi. We have to make a statement that women matter, female sports matter.”

Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said the state was clearly on the “wrong side of history.”

“There is simply no justification for banning transgender girls and women from participating in athletics other than discrimination,” David said in a statement on the Mississippi House passing the bill. “Like all girls, transgender girls just want to play and be part of a team with their friends. History will not look kindly on this moment in Mississippi.”

David added, “These dangerous bills are designed to make the lives of transgender kids more difficult while they try to navigate their adolescence.”

Biden’s stance

In January, President Joe Biden issued an executive order extending protections against discrimination of gender identity and sexual orientation.

“Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love,” Biden said at the time. “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or the school sports.”

Mississippi is now one of more than 20 states where lawmakers have proposed restrictions on trans athletes playing on sports teams. Only 17 states allow transgender high school athletes to take part in sports without regulation

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AG nominee Merrick Garland sidesteps question on letting trans women compete in women’s sports: ‘Difficult question’

Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, refused to commit to an answer during Monday’s confirmation hearing whether biologically born males should be permitted to compete in women’s sports as transgender women.

On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order calling on schools to permit trans female athletes to compete on girls’ sports teams.

What are the details?

During Monday’s hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Garland said that the question — which he did not answer — was a “very difficult societal question.”

In remarks, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said, “In my last 20 seconds, I’m going to ask you, if you agree with this statement, allowing, and I’m not suggesting the answer one way or the other, I just want to know what you believe, allowing biological males to compete in an all-female sport, deprives women of the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in sports, and is fundamentally unfair to female athletes.”

Garland responded, “This is a very difficult societal question that you’re asking me here. I know what underlies it.”

Undeterred, Kennedy responded, “I know, but you’re going to be attorney general.”

Garland explained that he might well be attorney general, but he’s not the one “who has to make policy decisions like that.”

“But it’s not that I’m adverse to it,” he countered. “Look, I think every human being should be treated with dignity and respect.”

Placing his hand over his heart, Garland added, “And that’s an overriding sense of my own character, but an overriding sense of what the law requires. This particular question of how Title IX applies in schools is one and in light of the Bostock case, which I know you’re very familiar with, is something that I would have to look at when I have a chance to do that. I’ve not had the chance to consider these kinds of issues in my career so far, but I agree that this is a difficult question.”

From Outsports:

The Bostock case Garland referred to was last summer’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that provided guarantees to the LGBTQ community that we cannot be discriminated against in matters of employment. Legal scholars have debated whether that right could be applied beyond employment, but writing for the majority, Justice Neil Gorsuch — who filled the seat that President Barack Obama had nominated Garland to fill — seems to have answered that question: “Whether other policies and practices might or might not qualify as unlawful discrimination or find justifications under other provisions of Title VII are questions for future cases, not these.”

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North Dakota House passes bill banning trans athletes from competing on school sports teams of their preferred gender identity

North Dakota’s state House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday banning student athletes from participating on sports teams based on their preferred gender identity.

The bill, HB 1298, passed the state’s lower chamber with a vote of 65-26.

The bill will now move to the state’s Senate for consideration.

What are the details?

North Dakota state Rep. Ben Koppelman (R), who sponsored the bill, argued, “Some have said this bill just doesn’t follow the science. We’ve got science going back well before the United States that backs this. This isn’t new science. Men and women didn’t just cease to exist. They’ve existed for a long time, and we’ve been able to recognize the differences.”

North Dakota state Rep. Kathy Skroch (R), who co-sponsored the bill, told Grand Forks Herald that the bill is important for protecting the integrity of girls’ and women’s sports.

“This is about girls competing with girls, ensuring equal opportunity, and keeping a level playing field in girls’ sports,” Skroch said. “It upholds 50 years of progress and protecting women against discrimination and advocates for the preservation of biological standards.”

North Dakota state House Minority Leader Josh Boschee (D) said that the bill will disappoint kids.

“It’s about learning about yourself, being part of a team, solving problems, figuring out life,” Boschee said. “But we’re gonna tell some kids you can’t. … And even though most of those kids aren’t gonna go up for high school athletics because it’s not within their skillset or desirability, they’re gonna see the action made by this body and it’s going to play into some unfortunate other decisions that they’ll make.”

North Dakota state Rep. Greg Westlind (R) told KYFR-TV that he has concerns about the bill potentially opening the door for potential litigation and more.

Similar bills are progressing through approximately 12 other state governments across the country.

HB 1298 also bans sporting events from receiving public funding if they allow trans athletes to play on a team based on their preferred gender identity.

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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‘Ex-lefty’ lesbian YouTuber rebukes trans athletes who ruthlessly mock their female competitors as ‘losers’

Arielle Scarcella — the lesbian YouTuber who recently “left the ‘progressive’ left” — is now taking aim at the issue of transgender athletes competing in women’s sports.

“When trans women power lifters are breaking female records, and young women are suing high school boards, we need to talk,” she wrote in a description of the new video.

According to Scarcella, what made her really want to speak out on this topic “isn’t just [that] trans women are competing against women is sports, it’s the way that they’re going about it.”

As an example, Scarcella pointed to a tweet from Rachel McKinnon — the trans woman cyclist who set a women’s world record during the 2019 World Championships — that called women who prefer that biological males don’t compete against them “losers.” (McKinnon’s account is locked but a screenshot can be seen of Scarcella’s video).

She also pointed to a February tweet by Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice at the American Civil Liberties Union, which mocked women athletes for complaining about being beat by trans women.

Scarcella bluntly condemned those who say “cis women are just losers who should try harder” saying “um, f*** off,” before arguing scientifically for stronger guidelines restricting biological males from competing women’s sports.

In fact, her opinions that trans women retain advantageous physical strength even after gender-affirming therapy is backed up by scientific studies here and here.


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“If being born biologically male and having gone through male puberty doesn’t inherently give somebody an advantage, why are sports sex-segregated in the first place?” she asked.

At the outset of the video, Scarcella was sure to stress that her discussion would be limited to “high school, college, and professional sports” due to the fact that “money, scholarships, and records” are on the line.

In the video, Scarcella discussed reports from Connecticut where the families of three female high school girls have sued to block transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports.

“Mentally and physically, we know the outcome before the race even starts,” said one of the girls, who is the daughter of former Major League Baseball pitcher Lee Smith. “That biological unfairness doesn’t go away because of what someone believes about gender identity. All girls deserve the chance to compete on a level playing field.”

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