Media giddy over transgender 'girls' but more females braving backlash

Monday, August 24, 2020
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Mary Kate and Madison - IdahoA federal district court is allowing two female athletes to be heard in an ACLU lawsuit that is challenging Idaho’s new law protecting women’s-only sports.

Earlier this year, Idaho lawmakers passed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, a first-in-the-nation measure that addresses the surge of biological men participating in – and dominating – female-only sports such as track competitions.

Gov. Brad Little signed the measure into law March 30 and the ACLU predictably filed suit weeks later.

Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the two athletes, reported last week that the court granted the motion by Madison Kenyon and Mary Kate Marshall (pictured above) to wade into the hot-button issue.

Both young women participate in women's track and cross-country at Idaho State University. 


"What that means,” explains ADF attorney Christiana Holcomb, “is that their voices will be heard by the court, that their experience continuing against male athletes will be heard by the judge, as he evaluates whether or not the Fairness in Women's Sports Act is good law."

The presence of transgender women – biological men – in women’s sports is regularly praised and defended by LGBT activists and their media allies, meaning athletes such as Marshall and Kenyon are wading into a political and cultural battle that brands them as “transphobic” as well as other tropes such as “hateful” and “bigoted.”

A story about the ACLU lawsuit by Boise Weekly, for example, calls the state law “transphobic” in the headline and in the very first sentence.  

More females speaking out

ADF is also representing three Connecticut female athletes, all track stars, in a federal lawsuit filed against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The three female teens, including Selina Soule (pictured below), fought back after they witnessed two male competitors repeatedly defeat them and other teen girls in women’s-only competitions, and set new district and state records, with the blessing of the CIAC.

Selina SouleThe two teen boys won 18 girls’ titles in two years while the teens angered high school officials for speaking out and fighting back, ADF attorneys have said.

OneNewsNow has reported that one of the teen boys, Andraya Yearwood, became an LGBT hero and enjoyed fawning press coverage after flying past the teen girls at district and state meets.

According to The Daily Signal, more female athletes are stepping forward and speaking out. The NCAA, which is being pressured to boycott Idaho, received a letter in July from more than 300 female athletes who asked the association to ignore the push by LGBT activists to punish Idaho.

passing a relay batonThe letter points out that Allyson Felix, an American track and field star and Olympic medalist, ran the 200 meters in 21.88 seconds and won gold. In the men’s competition, the eight-place finisher finished the 200-meter with a time of 20.69.

The letter was signed by Sandra Bucha, a Hall of Fame swimmer who ironically sued with help from the ACLU to join the boys’ swim team at her high school when there was no female swim team anywhere in the state of Illinois. The lawsuit failed.

“I certainly don’t want to see the clock turned back,” Bucha told The Daily Signal, “where women that were provided opportunities from Title IX forward are now being discriminated against by the same folks that advocated for them so many years ago.”


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