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Arizona House of Representatives Passes Bill Banning Trans Athletes From Youth Sports

The law reserves girls’ sports for biological females.

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The Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill that bans the participation of transgender athletes from girl’s sports on Tuesday.

HB 2706 was passed on a party line by the Republican-controlled state house, 31-29. It will face approval from the Arizona State Senate before heading to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk.

The law is similar to bills proposed in other state legislatures, although should it be ratified, Arizona would be the first state to enact such a ban. A movement to ban trans athletes from girls’ sports was spurred by a petition created by Connecticut track runner Selina Soule, who filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education after her experiences competing against biologically male athletes.

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It’s being brought up amidst concerns surrounding transgender girls participating in youth and girls’ sports, often possessing an inherent advantage due to their natural male biology.

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Phoenix’s Rep. Nancy Barto cited examples of trans athletes dominating in women’s sports in other states as a rationale for introducing the legislation. The law requires youth sports leagues to designate their format as co-educational or reserved for students of one sex.

Those who are not of the biological sex the sports league is designated as are barred from competition. In case of dispute, prospective athletes will have the option of submitting a genetic test verifying their biological sex.

Democrats reliably opposed the bill, disregarding the potential institutional damage the challenge of trans athletes pose to the very prospect of women’s sports. A controversial element that required athletes whose participation is in dispute to submit to a gender verification from a doctor was purged from the bill.

Should the bill pass the Arizona Senate, it looks likely that girls’ sports in the state will be preserved as institutions reserved exclusively for the female sex.

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Dept. of Education Determines Allowing Biological Males in Female Sports is a Civil Rights Violation

A victory for sanity against the LGBT agenda.

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The federal Department of Education has determined that it is a civil rights violation to allow biological males, called “transgender females,” to compete in school sporting events with biological females.

U.S. Education Department’s civil rights office came to the conclusion that allowing so-called transgender females to participate in athletics with biological females has “denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities, including advancing to the finals in events, higher level competitions, awards, medals, recognition, and the possibility of greater visibility to colleges and other benefits.”

According to the The Associated Press, who obtained a copy of the 45-page letter, it is dated May 15. It pertains to a complaint filed on behalf of teenage girls last year in Connecticut who alleged discrimination from being forced to compete with biological males in high school sporting events. The feds claim that Connecticut has violated Title IX rules, and the state could lose federal funding unless they change the policy.

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference does not seem to be budging on their stance despite the federal determination.

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“Connecticut law is clear and students who identify as female are to be recognized as female for all purposes — including high school sports,” the athletic conference said in a statement.

“To do otherwise would not only be discriminatory but would deprive high school students of the meaningful opportunity to participate in educational activities, including inter-scholastic sports, based on sex-stereotyping and prejudice sought to be prevented by Title IX and Connecticut state law,” they added.

Roger Brooks, an attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, says that the determination has broad ramifications and could protect the civil rights of biological women nationwide.

“Around the nation, districts are going to want to be reading this, because it does have legal implications,” said Brooks, who is representing the teenage girls who initiated the complaint.

“It is a first decision from the agency charged with enforcing Title IX addressing the question of whether males on the playing field or on the track are depriving girls of opportunities consistent with Title IX,” he added.

There is also a federal lawsuit that is currently active over this issue. One of the girls who was aggrieved due to these incomprehensible policies is pleased with the decision. She hopes this is the beginning of the end of institutional LGBT discrimination that is taking so many opportunities away from women.

“It feels like we are finally headed in the right direction, and that we will be able to get justice for the countless girls along with myself that have faced discrimination for years,” said plaintiff Chelsea Mitchell. “It is liberating to know that my voice, my story, my loss, has been heard; that those championships I lost mean something.”

The far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who are in favor of the pro-LGBT status quo, is angry that the feds stood up for civil rights.

“All that today’s finding represents is yet another attack from the Trump administration on transgender students,” said Chase Strangio, who shills for trannies while leading the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project.

“Trans students belong in our schools, including on sports teams, and we aren’t backing down from this fight,” Strangio said.

 

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