Which sports teams should transgender students play on?

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Washington Post: It had been a relatively quiet policy debate until the full-page ad appeared in the local newspaper. “A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter,” it said. “Are you OK with that?”
The ad, placed by a socially conservative group in Minnesota, was meant to snap attention to a proposal to allow transgender students to play on teams based on their preferred gender rather than the sex assigned to them at birth.
It appears to have worked. More than 100 community members flooded a meeting last week near Minneapolis, and thousands more sent e-mails. In response, the quasi-public body governing high school sports in Minnesota decided to delay a vote on a new policy covering sports participation by transgender students. Members of the board of directors said they needed more time to study the issue.
The policy, which they now plan to vote on in December, was an attempt to grapple with a question that has bedeviled many states: How do you deal with the growing number of children identifying as transgender who want to participate in the highly gender-specific worlds of high school sports and extracurricular activities?
School systems have scrambled to adopt policies to deal with these students while also being sensitive to concerns over locker-room privacy and any advantages a more physically imposing transgender female might have on the field against other girls.
“Generally, our society is becoming more accepting in its understanding of gender identity and what that means, and we’ve been very lucky that in the last few years this cadre of young kids has started identifying themselves as trans from a young age,” said Helen Carroll, sports project director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, who helped write a model policy for school systems. “It’s really pushing folks to really grapple with and understand what it means.”
But activists like Carroll have run into opposition, including from groups that say gender is a biological fact rather than a social choice and that schools should not cater to a small subset of the student body.
The number of students asking for such accommodations nationally is indeed very low, Carroll said, estimating that, nationally, fewer than 10 students a year make such requests. Advocates and students say that is because transgender students are typically afraid of bullying or very self-conscious about their bodies and therefore choose not to participate in sports.
“I just didn’t feel like I was accepted anywhere in athletics,” said Jae Bates, 18, a student at the University of Puget Sound in Washington who graduated from a Minnesota high school. Bates had been active in soccer, swimming and track but dropped the first two after coming out as male just prior to his junior year. He remained on the girls’ track team, in part because the coach was an adviser to his school’s gay-straight alliance.
Thirty-two states have adopted policies in recent years regarding transgender athletes, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, with several states placing restrictions on their ability to compete with teammates of their preferred gender. For example, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina require students to play on teams based on the gender listed on their birth certificate, according to TransAthlete, an online clearinghouse for information about transgender athletes.
At least 10 states and the District allow transgender athletes to play on their preferred teams, according to Trans
Athlete. New York is expected to consider such a policy this month. The one considered this week by the Minnesota State High School Sports League would have left discretion up to individual schools, with the caveat that students and their parents could appeal the school’s decision to the league.
The decision to delay the vote pleased opponents of the policy. Both sides said they plan to muster support for their views before the vote in December.
Autumn Leva, director of policy and communication for the Minnesota Family Council, said her group will be “more than happy to bring in another viewpoint” as discussions continue. She said one problem is the policy is silent about how religiously affiliated private schools that are part of the state league will have to accommodate transgender students if they are visiting from other schools.
“What if the Christian schools can’t accommodate, or do not allow their girls to compete with a team that has a boy on it for safety reasons?” she said. “Does the private school have to forfeit?”
The ad in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune was placed by the Minnesota Child Protection League, which on its Web site opposed the policy in part because there are no “accommodations made for those who believe that gender is a biological and genetic reality, not a social choice.”
The group suggested that girls could be at risk of greater injury on the field if they are playing alongside “biological boys.” And it warned that the policy could mean a transgender girl, with intact male anatomy, could shower next to other girls or bunk with them on overnight trips, putting them at risk of sexual assault.
The accusations galled advocates for gay and transgender youth, who say transgender kids are much more likely to use private stalls to change or shower rather than risk someone seeing their bodies. They say transgender girls who have been permitted to play on girls’ teams have not outstripped their teammates in ability. And they say it is unfair to characterize these children, who are often more vulnerable than their classmates, as predators.
“It absolutely misrepresents the reality of what it means to be transgender,” said Alison Yocom, a Minneapolis mother of a transgender 11-year-old boy who is undergoing hormone therapy.
“You’re not a boy showering next to a girl,” she said. “A transgender girl is a girl. There’s a difference between your parts and your gender, and I know it’s hard to understand and there is a lot of controversy around this, but to be misgendered as a boy when you are actually a trans girl is incredibly offensive.”
You know what I find offensive? Re-labeling a human being based upon their preference. A transgender girl is not a girl – a girl does not have a penis. Sorry if I offend you by misgendering a person by labeling them with their  “assigned” God-given biological body parts.

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0 responses to “Which sports teams should transgender students play on?

  1. This is the same issue that the military originally gave a lot of “push back” against when the topic of allowing all the “new age” sex definitions started to take hold in society. The military simply stated, “We do not have the provisions and field housing for people that are not taking the role of their birth sex. So does a transgender that was born a male billet with the female soldiers? That’s what they claim they should get. But the females (a lot of them, not all) are offended by this action. In the end, the military was forced to accept these non-conventional sexes into the military. I argue to this day, they should NOT have to try and deal with such issues, and the military should be one of the places where “discrimination” is allowed, in order to provide the best fighting force.
    Now they are asking the same thing in your Jr and Sr high Schools. I would argue again, that the birth sex is what they are, and it is them that will have to suffer the indignant, and not push their belief onto unsuspecting young adults, that are already having enough trouble with hormones as it is. But I will probably loose this battle too.

  2. “Which sports teams should transgender students play on?”…The team God designed them to play on.

  3. Cheryl Smith-Bell

    There are many generational curses being visited upon these children. Too many Godless parents are allowing satan to enter their homes and their children. The parents are to blame for this, and maybe several generations back, for allowing sin to root in their houses. I hate to sound pious, because I’m far from that, but I have seen what the sins of the past generations have caused, and the Bible says they will be visited unto the third and forth generation. We are seeing the results of the ’20’s – ’60’s, 70’s free love generations being visited on these children. Very sad.

  4. I’m going to laugh the first time some girl gets pregnant by another “girl” who still has male parts and was taking a shower in the girls’ locker room with the girls’ team. You can’t tell me it won’t happen. Identifying as a girl does not mean that the teen doesn’t find girls attractive, and if the thoughts are there, the body will respond however it is equipped to.

  5. If this billboard were placed in every city across the country, all of this tranny sports stuff would cease. Too many “parents” are caught up in wanting to be PC that they can not see the bigger picture….that they are: teaching their children to embrace a covetous lifestyle of the opposite sex, distancing their children from knowing Jesus and understanding God’s expectations for them through the bible, damaging their children’s souls, and mutilating their ability to form and maintain healthy, positive, and loving relationships with the opposite sex. Truly sickening.

  6. Before the age of 20,MOST people aren’t really sure WHAT they are physically,emotionally,intellectually or mentally,so it’s just stupid to let a mid-teen boy suddenly decide he wants to “identify” as a girl. My opinion is that boys should remain boys,and girls should remain girls,until at least 25 before they settle on changing gender,and it should be LAW that if a guy wants to be a girl,he HAS to submit that to Social Security and DMV,AND get the required surgeries,at his own expense,before he can change legally,and from then on,THAT’S who she’ll be-NO changing back. I don’t LIKE the whole gender-shift thing at all,but if it means enough to a person to fully commit to it and go through ALL the necessary steps,maybe they’ll give it enough thought-SERIOUS thought,to be CERTAIN that’s what they want. (I have to wonder how many who have changed in the past are now thinking,”Well-it seemed like a good idea at the time….)

  7. “children identifying as transgender” Non sequiter, that mode of speech is not only improbable, but impossible, humans are binary genders and there is no “transitioning” between them, science cannot make a male into a female or vice versa, any claims made to such are not only false advertising (and should be prosecuted as fraudulent claims as such) but are also a mockery of the person themselves that they’ve been suckered into.
    This should be fought in every school that dares try to allow for such psychosis, Vernon is right, and it is reasonable to assume some of the other gender students (be they boys or girls) will identify as the other to gain access… which is incredibly stupid to allow, especially when they’re at the age when hormones do more of the thinking than the stuff between their ears.
    Lastly the sorrowful lesbian lady has reached a mostly wrong conclusion about the low numbers, they aren’t low because of fear of retaliation etc. for the most part, they’re low because much fewer children were indoctrinated with the “transgender” lies than they hoped, the puppets of evil’s plan in that area has been delayed and they don’t want anyone getting wind of that, that is what I suspect anyway.
    Hopefully more parents will put pressure on the masonic school system to not permit this assault on the youth.

  8. Unless you live in MA…kill your wife, go to jail then claim you want to be a girl and have the state pay for the operation.

  9. Hormone therapy for an 11 year old??? This is child abuse. Once this boy reaches 18 let him decide then. How screwed up will he be by then? This is a very upsetting trend. Maybe we should have seperate schools for the “Confused” like the Island of mistfit toys? Then they can do their own thing, or their parents thing and only bother other confused kids


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