A step backward for women’s sports


The Democrat controlled House of Representatives recently voted 236-173 in favor of the “Equality Act” which would require schools to include male athletes who identify as transgender to compete on female sports teams.

This bill destroys the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law. In other words, this House bill would force schools to allow female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls.

A Florida Republican tried to preserve the protection of female athletic teams but Democrats rejected it. Every House Democrat but one co-sponsored the legislation.

This bill will totally destroy women’s and girls’s sports.

Title IX gave equal opportunity in education and sports. Under H.R. 5, Title IX is gone!

I taught swimming for more than 20 years and judged more swim meets than I can count and I cannot imagine a female winning a meet against a male swimmer because of his size and strength.

Democrats claimed transgender males won’t necessarily interfere with women winning their sport. Really? In Connecticut, two male runners have dominated girls high school track and won all events.

I hope at the next election women and men who care will defeat the idiots who choose to destroy women’s sports. Females have worked so hard through the years to excel in their sports and be recognized, and now this! Frankly, I’m furious.

VaLaire Orchard, Lima

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