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Every House Democrat but one has co-sponsored a bill requiring schools to allow male athletes who identify as transgender girls to compete on female sports teams.
Democrats’ Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law. Among other things, the bill would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls.
Sarah Warbelow, director of the left-wing Human Rights Campaign, praised the bill’s impact on high school sports in written testimony submitted to a House subcommittee on Tuesday.
“Opponents of equality in athletics for transgender athletes have argued that girls who are transgender have unfair physiological advantages over cisgender girls and as a result, will dominate women’s competitive sports,” Warbelow wrote, calling it not “rooted in fact” that biologically male athletes will outperform their female counterparts.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York, made a similar argument during an April 2 hearing his committee held on the legislation. (RELATED: Biological Male Is Top-Ranked NCAA Track Star)
“Many states have sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination laws, and all of them still have women’s sports. Arguments about transgender athletes participating in sports in accordance with their gender identity having competitive advantages have not been borne out,” Nadler said in his opening statement .
U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler walks to his office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 25, 2019. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
In Connecticut, one of the states to which Nadler was referring, two male runners have dominated girls’ high school track . A female competitor called the male runners’ advantage “demoralizing.”
Julia Beck, the head of a self-described radical feminist organization, testified against the bill .
The Democrats’ bill would lead to a male invasion of female spaces, including on the athletic field, Beck said in her April 2 testimony. “Men will dominate female sports,” she warned.
Of the 235 Democrats in the House, 234 have co-sponsored the legislation. (That’s not counting Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico’s non-voting representatives, who also signed on as co-sponsors.)
Reps. John Katko of New York and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania are the only House Republicans to co-sponsor the bill.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick addresses furloughed federal workers and area elected officials during a protest rally in front of Independence Hall on Jan. 8, 2019 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski , the only pro-life Democrat left in the House, is also the only one in his party not co-sponsoring the Equality Act.
By: Keenan Falls
Red, green, and yellow dot the hillside, but where are the familiar or foreign structural fortresses that modern life has come to know so well? Quickly, as the wind begins to rise, tracing the hillside as I trace my finger upon the map, I forget. Swiveling to the ancestral familiarity of a nipping breeze, oak leaves swirl temporarily upwards in a final attempt to evade their own eventuality. On the far side of the deepening canyon below, a presence towers amidst the likeness of century-old kin. Not here, nor visible in this moment, but among these rocky vistas slithery reminders of renewal lay in wait, patiently for another layer, another season, another sheath to pull back, reveling in softness and novelty.
An hour and a half drive, but much more specifically, 76.3 miles north, though marginally east, begins a trailhead into Pennsylvania’s woods, however, it leads equally into one’s own renewal. From the concrete sidewalks to the whooshing acceleration of automobiles that attempt to mimic the elegant qualities of a soft breeze, that antithesis to the wild, unpredictable nature of a meandering rocky trail. Do we frequent urban areas that we may return to the woods in greater need of renewal? I seek to justify in this way, on a winter’s eve, when the snow isn’t falling in sacred simplicity, coating the tame and concrete corners that seduce rational lust. It’s all relative, of course, to the outdoors of the Appalachians.
In no specific order, 42.7 miles weave their way into the recesses of memory of those who venture within. Though it may seem fanatical, there are indeed nearly as many vistas as there are miles. I seem to be able to recall, after a late start, and many endured miles, stopping by a creek for water and dinner. Well, it’s well after dark, and the rocky creekside offers no feasible place to comfortably relax. Every bone is aching, from my unconditioned muscles, to the overlooked necessity of utilizing the straps on my pack–actually, standing still is gnawing at my patience. Though, somehow, I have the presence to wonder if there are any native trout amidst our…enduring. Like a petty thief, I creep to the bank, hands t-rexed, though rather raccoon-like. I lean over and peer into the water with childlike wonder. Curiosity ablaze, perhaps equally in my heart, head, and eyes. Movement. I don’t know if the brookie was glad to see me, or as glad to see me, but I had enough joy for the both of us. Perplexed by the aloneness that we shared. Alone with my own thoughts and feelings, alone with its own parcel of stream, no matter how much I talk, I feel best understood once I understand myself. Maybe that brookie can relate, since it seemed to be thriving alone.
The trail is challenging, but it will keep you young and is recommended for seasoned backpackers and great day-hikers, though, everyone can enjoy this area. The trail is wild, but it will keep you wild. Spring break, post-finals week, a long weekend in the fall, whatever carries your pack. I’d recommend two nights/three days for experienced packers and four days/three nights for those, perhaps, easier on the knees. The longer the better, I mean, for real. You can grab the map and interpretive guidebook at Appalachian Outdoors here. You can also get in-depth backpacking gear, friendship, and genuine expertise at Appalachian Outdoors in downtown State College, Pennsylvania.
Rattlesnakes have been identified at the vistas adjacent to mile marker 41 in the Black Forest Trail topographic map mentioned above. Don’t miss the towering presence of an isolated old-growth Hemlock, but do tread lightly at its base. More specific information can be found in the BFT interpretive guide.
Research has proven time and time again the multifaceted benefits of spending time in nature. Where you choose to “nature” is not as important as “natur-ing,” so bring your friends and always Leave-No-Trace, the trees are waiting.
You can follow Keenan’s adventures and keep up with his writing @keenzrainbow on instagram
Women have had to fight several battles in society all through out history to be where they are today in America. To be a women who works hard, provides, and is an amazing mother is well applauded in our current society. A women who wins awards and opens doors for the women of the future is something I think we can all be proud about. Society has long since progressed from the time where women still couldn’t vote and because of those who stood up and fought for change, the women of the 20th century are doing great. It’s fair to say that women hold so much importance in all our lives, what they add to our world is irreplaceable. I’m happy to see that today women can have leagues and lanes of their own to dominate and succeed in without worry, specifically I’m referring to sports and anything that requires clear separation of a women and man.
Yes, a women could very well become a construction worker but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s man who will dominate in that lane simply because the way a man’s body is created. You cannot change biology and it is proven hundreds of times over that the capacity of a man’s strength will always surpass the capacity of a women’s strength. This doesn’t mean that women are better than men or men are better than women, it simply means that we were created differently and we are different. I believe it’s important to understand that the body of a man is very different from the body of a women, especially when we’re talking about sports.
For as a long as women began to compete in sports like weight lifting, baseball, basketball, track, or even participate in the Olympics it was clear that women and men were to be separated. This has been the case for several years and because of that women have earned countless awards, medals, and have broken world records in their respected fields. Men have also done the same against other men in their respected fields. Unfortunately it seems like women won’t be succeeding or winning in sports any longer if nothing is done about the rising problem. Men who claim to be born in the wrong body and are now Identifying as a women are wrestling, running, swimming, and out-sporting women in all fields. Not only are they destroying women sport but they’re robbing medals, awards, and world records that women have acquired through sheer talent and hard work.
Example, Mary Gregory who only recently came out as transgender celebrated a huge win on an Instagram post after breaking multiple records previously held by women in just one day.
“What a day, 9 for 9! Masters world squat record, open world bench record, masters world dl record, and masters world total record! Still processing, full meet recap to come a bit later but I do want to thank a few people,” Gregory wrote on Instagram.
“As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone — all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter.”
Gregory is having a good day but I wonder how those women who trained weekly, competed for years, and worked hard to break those records feel right now. Imagine waking up to find out that a Man who just recently became a Transgender women came and swooped up all their hard work in one single day, that really must suck. It’s okay though let’s continue to rob women of sports and their hard work because the world want’s to ignore biology and facts in the name of inclusion. Not everyone was feeling inclusive over Gregory’s wins, Former British Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies, who won a Silver Medal in the 1980 Summer Olympics was not happy at all. “Male body with male physiology” and that a “woman with female biology cannot compete. It’s a pointless, unfair playing field” said Sharron.
Gregory isn’t the only one and professional competition isn’t the only fields that this is taken place in if that’s what you were thinking. Young women in high school are also facing these issues as the problem has trickled itself down to College and High school Sports. At the State Championships for Girls two Transgender high school sophomores Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood came in first and second place, in the 100-meter race winning the top prizes at the State Open Finals June 4th. Currently there are 17 states which allow transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions, according to Transathlete. Fallon Fox one of the most known transgender female fighters in the world, former MMA fighter, broke the skull of her natural-born women opponent Taika Brents.
Before problems between Natural-born women and Transgender women get even worse I believe its best to give Transgender women their own category. Allowing Natural-born men to compete against women is actually harming women in more ways than just one. Caster Semenya a South African track and field Olympic champion, is one of the women who is clearly dealing with some hardships of her own. Caster was born with a difference in sex development (DSD) which means that she’s a biological woman but naturally has higher levels of testosterone due to her Hyperandrogenism. She just lost an appeal to compete in sport, they told her if she wants to continue competing as a woman, she has to reduce her testosterone levels through therapy. Meanwhile, transgender men can continue to compete and steal opportunities from women no questions asked. The 28-year-old South African, will now need to take medication to reduce her testosterone if she wants to compete internationally at events but Transgender men can simply identify as a women and begin to dominate women sports.
Speaking out against any of this apparently warrants you the title of Trans-phobic and Bigot. Long time LGBTQ activist and lesbian, Martina Navratilova is one of many who are not happy with what’s happening in sports. Truth is, none of this is even remotely inspiring or uplifting for natural-born women at all. Martina wrote on twitter “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women, There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard”. The Tennis legend, continued to voice herself to the Sunday Times of London where she was obviously against Transgenders involvement in sports. A few days later after the article’s publication, Athlete Ally, a New York–based LGBT-rights organization, expelled Navratilova stating that her “recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths.”
Here’s my opinion on all of this. Just like bathroom laws I believe Transgenders should have their own lane for sports. I don’t want sports to be taken away from anyone just because I don’t agree with. I don’t want bathrooms taken away from anyone, Transgenders should have as many rates as any other human being in society. Although we cannot just simply be ignorant to facts, biology, science, and the un-comfort of others. We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that a women would not feel comfortable using the same bathroom next to a natural-born-man or the fact someone isn’t okay letting their young daughter into a bathroom where Biological Males can also enter freely. This is the same with sports but even to a much higher degree because we’re not just talking about using privacy and using a toilet.
There are obvious biological reasons why its unfair, dangerous, and too confusing to allow Transgender people to simply hop into which ever competitive sport spectrum they feel like. Having a lane to themselves where they could compete against other Transgender male or female opponents is the best decision for all. Let Transgender people break and set their own records as they compete among themselves, it’s not rocket science. Watching women sports get dominated, watching women get beat up in physical sports, and watching all the progress women have made in sports get stripped away by natural-born men is not Empowering. I think women are so special and I believe there is way more to being a women then getting surgery and identifying as one, I hope feminists could back me up with that.
Written by Emmanuel Matos