“Men will dominate women’s sport.”
The legislation, called the Equality Act, would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” protected characteristics. If signed into law, the bill would expand federal anti-discrimination law and have the effect of forcing public schools to allow transgender females to play girls sports.
Sarah Warbelow, director of the left-wing Human Rights Campaign, brushed off concerns about the bill’s impact on girls sports in written testimony.
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“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 said, adding that it is “not rooted in fact” that biologically male athletes will have an unfair advantage over girls.
The argument echoed sentiments made by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., during a hearing debating the legislation earlier this week.
“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.
Julia Beck, a gay feminist who testified against the legislation, said the bill would lead males invading female spaces, including sports.
“Men will dominate women’s sports — girls who would have taken first place will be denied scholastic opportunity,” Beck warned.
Only one Democrat, Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., did not co-sponsor the legislation.
Two Republicans, Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., broke with the GOP to co-sponsor the bill.
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