A poll shows a majority of Americans agree that male athletes who say they identify as female should stay away from female-only sports.
Rasmussen surveyed 1,004 people and found 63 percent agreed that such competition is unfair to biological female athletes.
The same survey found 23 percent said a male should be allowed to compete against females.
From high school track meets to professional weight lifting, intimidated coaches and sports officials have bowed to the pressure of LGBT activists and their demands for “tolerance” for transgenders athletes.
"It's time that CrossFit understand that transgender women are women," LGBT group GLADD told the fitness company last year, when a biological man named "Chloie" (pictured at left) demanded to compete as a female.
CrossFit predictably caved and its founder proclaimed the company believes in the "dignity of every athlete."
But not everyone is on board. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who is lesbian, angered LGBT activists in March after she wrote that transgender athletes are “cheats” because of their “unfair physical advantages.”
“I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers,” she wrote, “but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.”
The backlash against Navratilova included dropping her from an LGBT group, Athlete Ally, but she didn’t completely bow down to demands for an apology.
“All I am trying to do,” she wrote after the backlash, “is to make sure girls and women who were born female are competing on as level a playing field as possible within their sport.”
Meanwhile, frustrated female athletes have been literally watching biological males breeze past them to the finish line.
OneNewsNow reported in a 2018 story that two transgender girls --- teenage boys Terry Miller (pictured at top) and Andraya Yearwood --- were setting high school track records in Connecticut. But their lopsided wins were angering female athletes and their parents, and coaches who were willing to speak out.
“Sports are set up for fairness,” a female runner told a local newspaper. “Biologically male and female are different. The great majority is being sacrificed for the minority.”
Outsports.com, a pro-homosexual sports website, wrote a sympathetic story last year about Terry Miller that suggested parents are only speaking out because the biological teen boys are winning the events. Yet the same story said the teen boys didn’t beat teen girls in other races, such as the 200-meter and 400-meter, undercutting the claim of jealous parents.
Pushback from parents and female athletes is getting the public’s attention: 32 percent of respondents told Rasmussen they have followed news stories about transgender athletes, and another 10 percent said they are followed those stories “very closely.”
More recently, the Raw Powerlifting Federation stripped four world records from “Mary Gregory,” a biological male (pictured above) who set new records for squat, bench press, deadlift, and total records for the weight class --- but did so with the muscles of a man.
Raw is apparently not “woke” to the transgender-rights movement, however, because officials stated that the competition recognizes lifters based on physiological classification not self-identification.
At least one organization, Save Women’s Sports, is serving as a springboard for women to speak out for women’s-only sports. The group was founded by Beth Stelzer, a powerlifter.
“People need to be standing up and making their voices heard,” says 4 Winds Christian Athletics leader Steve McConkie, a former track and field competitor.
McConkie says the Left wants the public to believe that everyone is “on board” with the demand for “transgender rights,” but he has noticed notable female names, including Olympic medalists, are speaking out about the issue.