Lawsuit Filed Over Transgender Women
The issue of transgender rights has been controversial, to say the least. The argument started with so-called “bathroom equity” over whether biological males who identify as female should be allowed to use the public restroom of the sex they identify with.
Now, the controversy his migrated to women’s sports, something that causes transgender rights to collide with women’s rights. The issue has become the subject of a lawsuit, according to the Washington Examiner.
“After two biological males eliminated Selina Soule from a Connecticut high school track competition, Alliance Defending Freedom filed a complaint with Connecticut’s Title IX Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to represent Selina and two other female athletes. The other athletes have remained anonymous because they fear retaliation, but Selina bravely spoke up on Fox News this week.
“In the spring of 2018, Selina Soule was running in a competition where the top six athletes advanced to the next round. Selina was sixth among the biological women in the race, but because two biological men who identified as women were allowed to compete, Selina finished eighth, and was eliminated.
“The topic of transgender athletes shatters the illusion of leftist intersectionality, and it reveals that transgenderism is squarely at odds with feminism. But unlike feminists concerned about their ‘right’ to have taxpayer-funded abortions, this issue threatens true gender equality.”
In the middle of the lawsuit is a 2017 rule change in Connecticut that allows transgendered females, even though they are still biologically male, to participate in women’s sports. The change, state its opponents, runs contrary to Title IX of the Civil Rights Act in that it does violence to equality in women’s sports.
Men happen to be, on the average, stronger, faster, and more agile than women, whether they identify as women or not. The change has the potential to destroy women’s sports and to deny biological women college scholarships and careers in women’s athletics.
The issue has already roiled women’s professional athletics. Tennis star Martina Navratilova, herself an out and proud lesbian, has been pilloried by the LGBT press for stating that allowing transgendered to participate in women’s sports is unfair. According to the Nation, she stated:
“To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires…. It’s insane and it’s cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.”
She was expelled from a group called Athletic Ally, which advocates for LGBT athletes, over her remarks. The organization did not mince words:
“Athlete Ally unequivocally stands on the side of trans athletes and their right to access and compete in a sport free from discrimination.… Martina Navratilova’s recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people through discriminatory laws, hateful stereotypes, and disproportionate violence.”
The transgenders in women’s sports issue may well affect American politics as well. The House of Representatives, controlled currently by Democrats, has passed a piece of legislation called the Equality Act, which adds LGBT people to the list of protected classes under the Civil Rights Act.
As a matter of principle, one should not discriminate against people on account of their sexual orientation or sexual identity. However, the Equality Act does not address either the bathroom equity issue or the transgenders in women’s sports issue.
The act also runs counter to people with deeply held religious beliefs who believe that homosexuality is a sin.
Democrats took the House last year primarily with the votes of suburban women who were unhappy with President Trump. One can imagine how happy they will be when they find out that the same Democrats have passed a bill that would ruin their daughters’ high school and college sports.
The bill has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate, it goes almost without saying.
The matter will likely be settled by the Supreme Court, one way or the other. In the meantime, civil war has already broken out among the left between those who support women’s rights and those who support trans rights.
Pass the popcorn.