In recent weeks, two states have seen efforts on behalf of female student athletes who one activist claims are being "ripped off" by transgenders participating in sports events designated for women.
Liberal media isn't at all happy with Idaho and two new state laws dealing with transgender issues. Both laws went into effect without the governor's signature. The first bars participation in sports by students who say they are transgender and want to participate in the opposite-sex sports.
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality says liberal media outlets – such as CNN – are reporting the story solely from the perspective of the "rights" of transgender athletes.
"[They] focus not at all on the rights of our daughters not to have to compete against boys who are pretending to be girls," he tells OneNewsNow. "This is a very serious issue – we're seeing women and girls across the country ripped off by transgender athletes posing as the opposite sex. It has to end, and the governor should have signed the bill proudly."
The second law requires legal documents to list the gender of a person when born. LaBarbera says that makes sense because, as he argues, one cannot change reality.
"You're either born a male or a female," he states, "and going back and changing your birth certificate is like trying to rewrite nature – you just can't do it. Here we have individuals going back and changing history, as if you could actually do that. I think this is another bold move by Idaho, and I hope other states follow."
Lawsuit couldn't wait any longer
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice is showing support for three female athletes who are suing the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for allowing transgender males to compete in women's sports. Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christiana Holcomb explains why the DOJ got involved earlier this year.
"The interpretation of Title IX is at issue," she begins. "The U.S. Department of Justice decided to file a statement of interest to really help the court properly interpret Title IX – and we hope that the court will give it [the letter of interest] proper weight and credence."
ADF says the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is already investigating allegations of discrimination by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. But Holcomb explains they moved up their filing of a federal lawsuit "because two of our young women, Selina [Soule] (pictured above) and Chelsea [Mitchell], are both seniors this year. So we decided that we couldn't wait any longer and [we] preceded with filing a federal lawsuit."
According to Holcomb, two transgender males who claim to be females now hold 15 women's state championship titles – and that in just the past three seasons have taken from female contenders more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher-level competition.
And in Washington, DC …
At the federal level, Republican Congressman Greg Steube of Florida introduced legislation in January designed to protect the integrity of women's sports and the women and girls who are competing. The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act (H.R.5603) was assigned to the House Education and Labor Committee in mid-January but has progressed no further since then.