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MADISON, Wisconsin, June 21, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Wisconsin Assembly passed legislation last week banning gender-confused males from competing against women and girls.
The women-led bills include Assembly Bill 196, which applies to public schools, and Assembly Bill 195, which relates to higher education institutions. The bills explicitly prohibit males from participating on sports teams for females and require that schools designate athletics based on biological sex rather than “gender identity.”
Students who suffer harm due to violations of the policies would be able to sue for damages, as would an institution “that suffers any direct or indirect harm” from an athletic association, like the NCAA, for complying with the measures.
“These bills are about fairness and inclusion, making room in competitive sports for everyone to feel comfortable,” Rep. Barbara Dittrich (R-Oconomowoc), lead sponsor of the bills, said. “This isn’t a hate bill,” Rep. Janel Brandtjen, (R-Menomonee Falls), added. “This is a science bill. Women’s sports will come to an end,” she said. “Women deserve to have an equal playing field, and that’s what this bill is about.”
Professional athletes testified in support of the legislation, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Wisconsin mountain bike racer Leia Schneeberger noted that she was undefeated last year until being forced to compete against a man. “I lost to someone who had the advantage of being born naturally bigger and stronger,” she said. “I can't train myself to be a biological man. It’s the most demoralizing thing that has ever happened to me.”
Rep. Dittrich slammed the push to let males to play against women and girls, calling it an “injustice.” “Instead of pushing biological females off the podium, why don’t we get people the proper mental health care they need?” she asked. “And those who are pushing for biological males to participate in female sports, do they even care about the mental health of the actual biological females who are subjected to this injustice?”
Democrats unanimously opposed Assembly Bill 195 and Assembly Bill 196, and the Assembly “LGBTQ Caucus” announced a list of radical proposed changes to the state constitution prior to the floor session. The bills nevertheless passed 59-38, with broad Republican support, despite concerns about retaliation from the NCAA. They will now be considered by the Republican Senate, though neither measure is likely to be signed by Democrat governor Tony Evers.
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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Around a dozen states have passed bills this year banning gender-confused males from competing against women, amid reports of championship titles and competition opportunities taken from female athletes being taken by male competitors. In Louisiana, lawmakers approved a bipartisan bill prohibiting sports teams based on “gender identity” (as opposed to biological sex) with a veto-proof majority last month, sending it to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), who does not support the move.
Texas senators also passed a similar bill earlier this year, though it was killed by Republican leaders in the lower chamber. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has urged Gov. Greg Abbott to call a specia lsession this summer to address the bill.
Studies consistently demonstrate that biological males outperform women and girls, regardless of hormone drugs, and polling shows that the vast majority of Americans support sports teams adhering to biological realities.