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NASHVILLE, Tennessee, March 3, 2021, (LifeSiteNews) — The Tennessee State Senate on Monday passed a bill that would prevent transgender students from participating in middle school and high school sports outside of their biological gender. SB 0228/HR 003, which was filed by Republican Senators Joey Hensley and Scott Cepicky, will now be considered by the House, but a date has yet to be set.
SB 0228 reads, “As introduced, (the bill) requires that a student’s gender for purposes of participation in a public middle school or high school interscholastic athletic activity or event be determined by the student’s sex at the time of the student’s birth, as indicated on the student’s original birth certificate.”
A similar bill, SB 208, was proposed in the Kansas State Senate in February. The Kansas bill emphasized, “Because of innate physiological differences, boys and girls are not similarly situated as they enter athletic competition … high school boys (generally possess physiological advantages over) their girl counterparts … those advantages give them an unfair lead over girls in some sports like high school track.”
Georgia also has a similar bill making its way through the legislature: HB 372. It seeks to make plain that “‘Gender’ means a person’s biological sex at birth and shall be recognized based on a person’s reproductive organs at birth.” HB 372 is being advanced by Republicans for the sake of clarity in dealing with educational programs.
Earlier this year, Rep. Greg Steube of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced bill HR 426, which is more commonly known as the “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2021.” HR 426 reads, “It shall be a violation … for a recipient of Federal funds who operates, sponsors, or facilitates athletic programs or activities to permit a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls.”
The growing popularity behind these types of proposals is due to the increasing desire to safeguard girls and women, not just from injury, but from having to compete unjustly against males. These bills, if passed into law, would protect the “social, educational and career opportunities Title IX gave American women and girls,” according to Sen. Renee Erickson, a Wichita Republican.
Title IX was originally instituted to provide equal opportunity to women and men in athletic programs of educational institutions that receive federal funding. Proponents of bills that seek to maintain sports as separated by biological sex argue that allowing entry of biological males — even if they identify as females — into female sports would dismantle any real progress made by women since the implementation of Title IX and hand over opportunities, accolades, or scholarships provided to women back into the hands of men in both female and male sports.
However, opponents of such bills deny there exist unfair physical male advantages with the use of puberty blockers, believing blockers should even the playing field for males and females.
The Kansas bill refutes the claim:
(T)he benefits that natural testosterone provides to male athletes is not diminished through the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. A recent study on the impact of such treatments found that even “after 12 months of hormonal therapy,” a man who identifies as a woman and is taking cross-sex hormones “had an absolute advantage” over female athletes and “will still likely have performance benefits” over women.
Tennessee Democrats are taking aim at the proposal by shifting the focus to the timing of the bill, stating that there is no need to pass any such laws when there has not been any transgender participation in school sports in Tennessee to date.
UPDATE (1/29/21) - On day one of the new administration, Biden signed an Executive Order dismantling girls sports, and allowing biological boys back into girls locker-rooms.
The order declares: "Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the rest room, the locker room, or school sports. . . . All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation."
This affront to reason effectively signals an end to girls' and women's sports, and diminishes their effort to compete on a level playing field.
Though this petition has already been delivered once, we will deliver new signatures to the US Dept of Education when restrictions permit, in honor of Selina Soule, who filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in 2019.
UPDATE (5/29/20) - US Dep’t of Education: Letting males compete in girls’ sports violates female athletes’ civil rights
UPDATE (2/13/20) - Selina Soule and two other Connecticut high school girl track athletes, Alanna Smith and Chelsea Mitchell, have sued the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) to stop boys who claim to be girls from competing in their sport.
Soule is the same high school girl who, last year, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). That complaint is still ongoing, as the OCR has not yet handed down its guidance ruling.
This also explains why this petition is still ongoing. Please SIGN and SHARE.
But, with another track season soon coming to an end, the girls' attorneys have asked the Court for an injunction that would stop the CIAC from implementing its current policy while the lawsuit proceeds.
Soule, Smith, and Mitchell will soon run in regional and state meets, competing for state championships. This year, they would like to have the opportunity to win, fair and square.
Please learn more about the latest news concerning this case, here: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/three-girls-sue-state-to-stop-boys-who-say-theyre-girls-from-competing-in-their-sport
Then, please SIGN this petition. Thank you!
Selina Soule is a female athlete who now must compete against biological males because of Connecticut's policy requiring that boys who identify as girls be admitted into girls' sports competitions.
But, when boys compete in girls' sports, they win because they have a natural advantage. It's scientifically proven, and it's also common sense.
This crushes the motivation of the biological girls who have worked hard to compete on a level playing field, only to enter into competitions which they can never win, despite all of their efforts.
It also puts girls into harm's way in contact sports, AND it deprives female athletes of their right to fairly compete for college scholarships and other accolades.
This is wrong! And, that's why this URGENT petition supports Selina and all the other female athletes out there, who have put in the hours on the track or on the court.
Please SIGN this common sense petition supporting Selina Soule's complaint to the Dept of Education's Office for Civil Rights, against Connecticut's discriminatory policy.
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According to the Tennessean, Democrat Sen. Heidi Campbell of Nashville said, “The argument in favor of this legislation is about hypothetical situations that might happen.”
“What isn’t hypothetical is the tearful moms of trans kids I spoke to on the phone last week, worried about psychological effects that this bill has on their child, or the pediatricians who have emailed me that this bill will hurt children and cause irreparable damage to them psychologically and physically,” she added.
But Tennessee Republican Senator Kerry Roberts of Springfield argues that this needs to be dealt with now. “For anyone in this chamber to say that this is not a problem or this is not going to be a problem, or we don’t need to deal with it … it is a problem that is emerging with a great deal with steam,” he said. “To deny that it’s a problem is to deny reality.”