Candidate Caitlyn Jenner Opposes Trans Biological Boys Competing in Girls Sports, ‘It Just Isn’t Fair’
Transgender rights activist Caitlyn Jenner, who recently announced a bid for governor in California, is opposing recent moves by Democrats across the country to push transgender athletes to compete in women sports.
The former Olympic athlete — who famously came out as transgender in 2015 — said over the weekend that allowing transgender athletes who were born male to compete on girls’ sports teams “just isn’t fair.”
“This is a question of fairness,” the 71-year old Jenner said when asked by a reporter for thoughts on some states passing legislations to ban transgenders from participating in women’s sports in order to protect them from competing with biologically-born males.
“That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls sports in school,” Jenner added.
“It just isn’t fair, and we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools,” the reality star, who also won a men’s Olympic gold medal said.
In a separate statement, Jenner — who is also a transgender — reiterated that sports is for everyone but “competing is about fundamental fairness.”
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“I think everybody deserves an opportunity to compete in sports, no matter who you are, no matter what your identity,” the statement read.
“As an Olympic gold-medal decathlete, I know firsthand how much hard work athletes put into achieving their dreams. But I firmly believe that competing in sports is not about equality.”
“Competing in sports is about fundamental fairness,” Jenner, who is running as a Republican to unseat Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in an upcoming recall election in California, added.
Jenner’s comments came as Florida passed legislation this week that would limit participation in girl’s sports to those who were born female.
Republican Governor Ron De Santis has already indicated that he will sign the bill.
Florida Gov. DeSantis says he'll sign anti-trans bill, calls systemic racism a 'bunch of horse manure'https://t.co/EQ6w2gMopo
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Reports noted that at least five states have moved to ban transgender biological males from competing in women’s sports and 30 other states have similar legislation pending — as mostly-GOP lawmakers from across the country argue the many differences between biological males and females — which would put women at a disadvantage if allowed to compete with those born in the opposite sex.
7 bills focused on sports have passed in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia, plus Arkansas' health care bill. South Dakota's ban on trans girls from women's sports was enacted via executive order https://t.co/8JRVgSoufi
— Orion Rummler (@i_oriion) May 2, 2021
Alabama, which passed their own version of the law last April wrote: “Physical differences between biological males and biological females have long made separate and sex-specific sports teams important so that female athletes can have equal opportunities to compete in sports.”
North Carolina also cited “inherent differences” between men and women that makes biological males have an “obvious advantage” against women athletically.
Mississippi also passed its “Fairness Act” into law last March to “ensure that young girls in Mississippi have a fair playing field in sports.”
I never imagined dealing with this, but POTUS left us no choice. One of his first acts was to sign an EO encouraging transgenderism in children. So today, I proudly signed the Mississippi Fairness Act to ensure young girls are not forced to compete against biological males. pic.twitter.com/INZgKQRMJr
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 11, 2021
Bills seeking to ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public schools have also been enacted this year in Arkansas and Tennessee, while South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has issued an executive order to do the same.
The states are pushing back against an earlier executive order penned by Democratic President Joe Biden allowing student athletes to participate in accordance with their “gender identity.”
In his first remark before the joint Congress last week, Biden also doubled down on his support for allowing transgenders — born male — to join female sports.
President Biden’s statement in support of transgender youth last night was incredibly powerful, especially given the attacks taking place on trans kids in state legislatures right now, like in Florda.
— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) April 29, 2021
The Democrat-led House also passed a controversial “Equality Act to End Legal Recognition of Biological Sex Equality Act” last February that will effectively drop the legal definition of biological sex in what liberals say is a bid to promote “gender equality” and ban sex-based discrimination.
House approves the the Equality Act, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 224-206.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 25, 2021
The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights law “to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected characteristics,” The Associated Press reported. The said “protections” would apply to various components like employment, housing, loan applications, education, and public accommodations, among others.
Newsome recall election looms
As of April, organizers behind efforts to recall California Governor Newsom announced that they have already surpassed the required number of signatures needed to force a recall election of the Democratic governor as the deadline nears.
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The California lieutenant governor’s office is responsible for setting a date for the election, which is expected to occur this fall.
Efforts to oust the Democratic governor intensified amid backlash due to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the state. Newsom has also faced criticism for imposing strict lockdown measures in response to the pandemic.
In November 2020, the California Governor also came under fire for violating his own coronavirus restrictions when he was caught attending a friend’s birthday at one of California’s most exclusive restaurants.
Gavin Newsom said he “will almost certainly face a recall election later this year, after Secretary of State Shirley Weber announced … that the signature threshold had been reached,” according to Breitbart News.
Meanwhile, in announcing her bid for California governor, Jenner said: “California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality.”