House Republicans are poised to pass a transgender sports ban in schools

The Republican-backed bill is the latest GOP salvo in the intensifying culture wars over transgender rights in America.

WASHINGTON The House is expected Thursday to pass legislation that would prohibit Transgender women from competing in female-school athletics. This is the latest GOP salvo against the growing culture wars in America over rights for transgender people.

The bill was authored by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) and would amend Title IX so that schools receiving federal funding could not allow people “whose gender is male” to take part in sports for girls or women.

The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act states that sex is “based on the person’s reproductive biology and genes at birth”.

Title IX was created by Congress in 1972 to protect women’s sport, to give women an equal opportunity to compete in athletics. But the Biden administration, in their worship of transgender idols, wants to turn that around. Steube, in a speech on Wednesday, said that it was “insane”.

Parents do not want men to be in the locker room with their daughters. They also do not believe that it is fair for a man to compete against women in athletics.


Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., at an Oversight and Reform Committee business meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 29, 2019.


Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call via AP file

The GOP bill will go nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and the White House has said President Joe Biden would veto the measure, which “targets people for who they are and therefore is discriminatory,” if it were to make it to his desk.

Democrats accuse Republicans of targeting transgenders to boost their brand and collect money from conservative donors. They also claim that Steube’s bill will make life more difficult for those who are already struggling with depression, bullying and suicide thoughts.

The bill is “less fair” because it excludes transgender girls and women, even those in kindergarten, from joining school sports teams. This was stated by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), a leader of Equality Caucus on Capitol Hill, an advocacy group for LGBTQ rights.

He said on Wednesday that “we know transgender children already face widespread discrimination and bullying.” “It is wrong and dangerous to add more pain by focusing on their school sports participation.”

Republicans intensified their political attacks against transgender athletes, after University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas switched from the men’s to women’s teams after coming out as transgender. She became the first transgender womanto win an NCAA Swimming Championship.

More than a dozen states led by the GOP have banned transgender athletes since then. Republicans also want state laws that restrict the care of transgender minors.

This month, the Biden administration proposed new regulations which would prohibit categorical prohibitions of trans athletes in schools receiving federal funds but allow for some restrictions at higher levels of competition.

According to the summary of the proposal , rules should be adjusted according to differences in age and grade.

Summary: The Education Department expects elementary school students to be able participate in school sports teams that are consistent with their gender identities, although considerations for high school and college competitive teams may differ.

Contributors were Elyse P. Perlmutter and Mike Memoli.

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