Sports in America are well on their way to becoming completely irrelevant and pointless thanks to the influx of transgender athletes—both biological males and females—utterly decimating their unmedicated female competition.
Tennessee, however, is looking to stem that tide with a bill that would require all student-athletes, transgender or not, to compete according to the sex recorded on their birth certificate.
HB 1572, introduced by Republican state Rep. Bruce Griffey, would finally put a stop to the madness of biological boys and young men competing against biological females, as well as the very few testosterone-taking girls attempting to compete against biological males.
The bill also has quite a set of teeth in the form of a clause rendering schools who ignore the rule “immediately ineligible to continue to receive public funds of any type from this state or a local government.” The bill would also hit any school or state official who knowingly breaks the law with a $10,000 fine.
“We are seeing more and more transgender athletes competing and posting victories in traditionally gendered sports competitions and doing so to the detriment of girls and women biologically born female. Boys and men, due to testosterone levels, bigger bone structure, greater lung capacity, and larger heart size, have physical advantages in sports relative to girls and women,” Griffey said in an interview with The Tennessee Star.
Griffey added that it is “fundamentally unfair” to actual girls and women to allow men to compete against them, especially when scholarships and titles are on the line. He also stated that his bill is an answer to the hotly-debated Equality Act lingering in Congress.
“With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushing through passage in the U.S. House of Representative HR 5 – the Equality Act – that, among other things, creates a civil right for male athletes to self-identify as females in sports competitions, I believe it is important for states to take a stand. This is what I seek to do through the filing of House Bill 1572,” Griffey stated.
While Griffey clearly has good intentions, it must be pointed out that the bill does not mention girls who identify as boys taking testosterone treatments, and Griffey confirmed to us over the phone that he would be leaving that to the athletic associations.
We would be remiss not to mention that, while it is very important to protect girls from having to compete against boys, as is Griffey’s intention, if school associations do not ban players from using testosterone which is a performance-enhancing drug, girls will still be at an unfair disadvantage to trans players.
Take, for example, “Mack” Beggs, a Texas girl who identifies as a boy and takes testosterone and, as she cannot play in boy’s sports, has absolutely wiped the floor with her female competition.
Beggs, pictured, sailed through undefeated to the 2017 and 2018 state championships for her weight class, with 57-0 and 32-0 records, respectively. A small handful of girls refused to wrestle Beggs, fearing injury.
Under her school district’s rules, Beggs was required to compete during her high school career according to her biological sex, but she was allowed to continue to take testosterone. This is something that a male athlete would be disciplined or disqualified for in the vast majority of athletic leagues.
We already know that biological men posing as women destroy the competition. In some cases, such as Tamikka Brents, who was left with a concussion and a broken skull after a post-surgery transgender athlete knocked her out in 2014 a mixed martial arts competition, they do so quite literally.
We are heartened to see the important distinction between males and females could be maintained by Tennessee law, and hope other states follow suit.
Still, there is no place in competitive sports for this social experiment. It may damage our precious “inclusivity,” but student-athletes receiving hormone therapy of any kind must be banned from competing if there is to be any semblance of a level playing field.
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