Just under two-years ago, Selina Soule, one of the top female track and field athletes in Connecticut, was beaten out by two males who called themselves females and therefore missed her chance to compete in a large track and field event in Boston. Had the two males not competed, she would have been able to represent her state at the prestigious track and field event.
For her, running against male athletes was simply not fair. For hundreds of years men and women had raced according to their biological sex, and now because a couple men decided to identify as females, she was given the push away. Her career in track and field is potentially jeopardized because of the two males who beat her in the races.
However, it isn’t just her. These two male athletes were so fast that they broke all the female racing records and took first and second place at the competition. In fact, one woman, Chelsea Mitchell, who is quite possibly one of the fastest women alive, wrote in an op-ed for USA Today that she had lost four championships and two titles to so-called “transgender” competitors.
“I’ve lost four women’s state championship titles, two all-New England awards, and numerous other spots on the podium to transgender runners,” she said. “I was bumped to third place in the 55-meter dash in 2019, behind two transgender runners. With every loss, it gets harder and harder to try again.”
Well, the state of Texas thought that such nonsense was just that, nonsense. And they passed a law making it illegal for men to compete as women in high school. Texas is one of just five states to keep sports fair for women.
The Texas law says every athlete must compete as whatever sex is listed on their original birth certificate. This would effectively make it impossible for men to compete as women and women to compete as men. Of course, “transgender advocates” said the bill was “discriminatory.” However, proponents of the bill instead fired back saying that female athletes in Texas are currently exploited by “transgender” athletes and that this bill would help preserve the integrity of Texas sports.
State Representative Valoree Swanson said in the Texas General Assembly, “We have the opportunity today to stand up for our daughters, our granddaughters and all our Texas girls.”
The legislation follows policies from the University Interscholastic League, which does not allow so-called “transgender” athletes to compete as a sex differing from their birth certificate at the collegiate level. However, the University Interscholastic League differs in one regard to the new Texas law. If an athlete changes their birth certificate to the other sex, then they are allowed to compete as that sex. The Texas law, however, says the original birth certificate determines which sex an athlete compete with.
Mississippi, Idaho, Tennessee, and other states have successfully banned so-called “transgender” athletes from competing as a sex contrary to their sex, and at least 25 other bills have been introduced in other states around the country. “I proudly signed the Mississippi Fairness Act to ensure young girls are not forced to compete against biological males,” Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves tweeted in March upon signing Mississippi’s bill that banned “transgenders” from competing in any sex besides their own.
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–John S. Paluska is a contributor to CNJ news.