Sunday, October 2, 2022

The fight over gender: how trans athletes are being displaced in America

CHalsey Mitchell had a strange look at the indoor high school track and field championships in February 2020 in her small state, not far from New York. A year earlier, she had finished third at the same distance of 55 yards, which was defeated by two trans girls. She and two other sprinters then filed complaints with the Washington Department of Education, a department that oversees civil rights compliance in America’s schools.

But now one of the two opponents, against whom she had lost a year earlier, lurched in the starting blocks in the halls of Newhaven next to her. “I must be convinced,” she later wrote in an opinion piece in the national newspaper USA Today, as she had a good chance of “winning the race.” But last year’s “devastating experience” told her: “I’m not good enough, my body isn’t good enough. And no matter how hard I try, I’m unlikely to succeed.” Why? “Because I’m a woman.”

denial of charge

Her text was intended as an emotional petition against the rules of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which organizes athletic competitions by students in the state and allows trans athletes. His civil action against those statutes was recently dismissed in federal court. The judge dismissed the charge that “boys routinely displace girls” in the race and that the right to start for trans girls resulted in illegal discrimination against young women on formal legal grounds.

But he would also have commented on the results of the 2020 championship. Because Michelle had defeated the unpopular competitor next to her not only once, but twice. In the lead-up with six hundredths of a second and also in the final with 22 hundredths of a second.

Despite the frivolous arguments that omitted such details, the Alliance Defending Freedom, whose lawyers pursued Mitchell’s lawsuit, got it right. The organization, founded in the 1990s by several representatives of conservative Christian faith communities, operates under the banner of religious freedom to, among other things, push back the equal treatment of gay and trans people, which has been enshrined in law in recent years. Is.

In this specific case, the gender reassignment of male to female was seen as an opportunity to critical the sports science debate about athletes’ performance. In fact, the organization’s campaign aims to undermine social equality for trans people.

exchange of keywords

Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, a man with presidential aspirations, used the controversy surrounding collegiate swimmer Lee Thomas in March to issue an official announcement on the results of the U.S. Collegiate Swimming Championships in the 500-yard freestyle (450 meters).

After that, it was not Thomas who won the race, but Emma Weynt of Florida who finished second, 1.75 seconds behind. Thomas started for the University of Pennsylvania. Went for the University of Virginia. The race in question was not held in Florida but in Atlanta. Nevertheless, DeSantis felt responsible and declared that American universities would “destroy the women’s game”. “Ideology is placed above biology”.

Relevant information is lost in the exchange of keywords. This is what conservative Governor Spencer Cox found out when he was about to sign legislation banning trans athletes from schools in Utah: About 75,000 youth participate in school sports. Of them, four had undergone sex reassignment, with only one male to female. Cox vetoed the plan, risking re-election in 2024. Only days later, two legislative chambers in Salt Lake City rejected his objection with the required majority.

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