Transgender women competing in women’s sport have created controversy for years at many different levels of competition. Earlier in 2020 Idaho lawmakers became the first to pass an act recognizing the unfairness of the situation, Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. The law looks to categorize women by their biological identity at birth rather than their gender identity.
A petition of more than 300 female current and former professional athletes signed a letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA recently. The letter urges the sports association to protect women’s sports, to ensure the protection of biological females.
A snippet from the letter to the NCAA:
“Fairness for female athletes should not be a political or partisan issue. We athletes have diverse views on many topics, but stand united on this fact: protecting the integrity of women’s sports is pro-woman, pro-fairness, and consistent with the purpose and promise of Title IX.”
The petition was signed anonymously to protect the athletes, although was leaked by Vox Media-owned LBGTQI+ sports blog, Outsports. They argued it was in the public interest to shame the women who put their names on the petition.
Independent Women’s Forum spoke with female athletes Madi Kenyon and Mary Kate Marshall regarding the situation and Attorney Christiana Holcomb. Both of the girls compete at the collegiate level in athletics.
“I competed against this transgender athlete twice and both times I lost and it was really hard for me to lose against a biological male,”
“And I know it was really hard for me to see my teammates who trained super hard every day to lose against that athlete too.”
– Mary Kate, Collegiate Athlete.
“It’s just very discouraging and very frustrating because when you’re at the collegiate level, you’re training as hard as you can…and you know that the biological male is doing the same thing, but due to the biological differences between the male body and the female body, they triumph over us in athletics.”
– Madi Kenyon, Collegiate Athlete.
According to Independent Women’s Forum stories like these are not covered in the mainstream media coverage from the biological women’s perspective. The only coverage will come from a transgender athlete’s perspective, who is suing over the new law protecting women’s sports in Idaho.
The Independent Women’s Forum has a petition to protect and demand rules for fair play.