The massive Republican push to ban trans athletes, explained
28 states have introduced bills to prevent trans kids and women from playing sports. It’s the GOP’s latest attempt to force trans people into hiding.
A Republican lawmaker in her state, Rep. Eric Lucero, introduced a bill this legislative session that would classify trans girls and women playing sports as a petty misdemeanor, roughly equivalent in the state to possessing a small amount of marijuana.
Minnesotan trans athletes like Walker could end up having to appear in juvenile court just for playing tennis.
Outraged yet? You should be. For none of those statements are true.
No one is trying to ban trans athletes, no one is banning trans anyones from playing sport, no one is making trans playing sport a misdemeanour, no one is even suggesting that someone should end up in court for playing tennis.
….legislation aimed at barring trans girls and women from playing girls’ and women’s scholastic sports.
That is true. And it’s entirely different from all of the previous claims.
Now, whether trans girls should be playing girls sports or not is another matter. Before puberty it probably doesn’t make much difference if we’re honest about it. After puberty those who have gone through the male version have a distinct physical advantage. Which is why we have the classification of women’s sports in the first place.
It’s even – possibly – true that after puberty that this doesn’t matter sometimes and does others. I’d be willing to at least consider that it doesn’t at badminton, I know damn well it does in rugby and would think it murder to insist that it doesn’t in boxing.
But the point here is a little different. Look at that reporting. How sodding biased is it and if they were called on it would they even recognise it?
Well, this is Vox, so of course not, but still……
The crusade against trans athletes has been the most successful effort to introduce transphobic discrimination into state law,
by conservative media as proof that all trans girls and women have a “biological advantage” at sports, and should therefore be banned.
Not banned, classified differently.