The Equality Act, which passed in the House at the end of February, aims to amend federal civil rights law to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in a range of areas, including housing, employment, and public schools. Ironically, the so-called Equality Act will lead to great inequality for many other groups of people — especially women.
In its negation of biological sex, the Equality Act will place women’s sports in great jeopardy by allowing biological males who identify as females to compete in female sporting events. Injustice will abound on the playing field if transgender athletes are given free reign to compete in the category of their choosing. Imagine allowing a biologically male wrestler to compete against a biologically female wrestler simply because he identifies as a female athlete.
Whether it passes in the Senate, split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, or not, the Biden administration is already making moves to further equality of transgender people — which will, in turn, repress women. Shortly after his inauguration, Biden released an executive order that prohibits discrimination based on gender. Section 1 includes the following: “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports.” In short, this means that biological males will be able to enter women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and sports.
Over 20 States Are Taking a Stand for Women
Thankfully, some states are taking action to protect high school- and college-level female athletes. In February, the Mississippi Senate passed a bill entitled the Mississippi Fairness Act that requires public schools and institutions of higher learning to designate its athletic teams according to biological sex. This includes schools whose athletic programs are part of the NCAA. The bill passed in the House at the beginning of March, and, shortly thereafter, Governor Tate Reeves signed it into law. It will go into effect on July 1 of this year.
Upon signing, Governor Reeves stated, “But for the fact that President Biden as one of his first initiatives sat down and signed an executive order — which, in my opinion, encourages transgenderism amongst our young people — but for that fact, we wouldn’t be here today.”
Mississippi is the first state to protect girls’ sports, but it will likely not be the last. More than 20 states are considering similar bills that will prevent biological males from breaking onto women’s courts and playing fields and into women’s locker rooms.
In Tennessee, a bill that states that student-athletes can only compete under their biological sex passed in the Senate. Introduced by Republican Scott Cepicky, the aim of the bill is to keep athletic competition fair and balanced. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee clearly supports such legislation, as he stated in early February that allowing transgender athletes to compete under their chosen gender would “destroy women’s sports” and “put a glass ceiling back over women.” Lee also asserted that the Biden administration’s executive order is a “tremendous overreach” of the federal government.
The moves that the Biden administration is making in the name of gender and sexual orientation equality are threatening women everywhere. Thankfully, the states are fighting back in an effort to maintain the rights of women. You can help by contacting your state’s legislators, asking them to protect female sports from the harmful actions of the federal government. We can’t let women be the casualty in this misguided push for equality. Equality is not truly equality if it leads to inequality elsewhere.
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