Transgender Students To Compete On NC High School Athletic Teams

Mack Beggs of Euless Trinity defeated Chelsea Sanchez of Morton Ranch to defend his Class 6A girls 110-pound title during the UIL State Wrestling Championships at the Berry Center, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Cypress, Texas. (Jason Fochtman /Houston Chronicle via AP)

RALEIGH – Around the nation women’s sporting records are being shattered, and competition is being decimated. It’s not due to an incredible, generational spike in talent, but due to another phenomenon that marks this  – boys and men are being allowed to compete in girls’ and women’s leagues. To be sure, these boys/men are ‘transgender’ and identify girls/women. Except nature does not identify biological males as biological females, especially when it comes to competitive physical sports, and the biological boys identifying and competing as girls in school sports naturally end up dominating.

This year, girl athletes at high schools in North Carolina may be surprised to find a boy on their team, or worse, on the other team during competition. That’s because the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Board of Directors approved changes a couple of months ago that allow students to compete in athletics as a gender that is not their biological gender.

The NC Family Policy Council is drawing attention to the changes in language and the implications of them.

“According to the Gender Identity Student Eligibility Checklist & Forms page on the NCHSAA website, the student must submit a Gender Identity Request, along with other materials including:

      • “A written statement from the student affirming the consistent gender identity and expression of which the student relates;
      • Documentation from individuals such as, but not limited to parents, friends and/or teachers, which affirm that the actions, attitudes, and manner demonstrate the student’s consistent gender identification;
      • A complete list of all the student’s prescribed, non-prescribed or over the counter, treatments or medications relative to the gender identity of the student;
      • Written verification from an appropriate health-care professional (e.g. physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, school nurse, etc.) of the student’s consistent gender identification; include any other social/emotional information from health care professionals that would assist the committee. Such information must be on office letterhead of the health-care professional, and include contact information.”

This request will then be sent to the “NCHSAA Gender Identity Committee for consideration. The Committee will approve the Request if it finds that the student genuinely identifies as the gender indicated in the Request.”

Did you ever think you’d live to see the day that their would be a N.C. High School Athletic Association Gender Identity Committee? That day has arrived.

If said Gender Identity Committee thinks all of the above checks out, they simply declare the student eligible to compete in the gender sport of their choice. There is no written requirements to test for testosterone, which is a performance enhancing drug in one sense, but also a sex change hormone in another.

Female athletes around the country are complaining about the obvious unfairness created by allowing gender identity appeasement. People can ignore reality all they want, but they cannot ignore the consequences of reality. Boys playing girls sports has consequences that are counter to the ‘level playing field’ principles that underlie sport in the first place, and acute mental dysphoria doesn’t cancel that out.

“[…] the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights agreed this week to investigate a similar policy in Connecticut, after three female athletes filed a complaint about what they call illegal discrimination that violates their rights under federal law Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.

Title IX works to ensure that women and girls have equal opportunities in education and athletics. But, as Denise Harle of Alliance Defending Freedom shares on this week’s Family Policy Matters radio show and podcast, this Connecticut policy “is destroying nearly 50 years of advances for women under Title IX.” Seventeen other states have these sorts of policies in place, and Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a federal Title IX complaint on behalf of the three female athletes from Connecticut. Harle says she hopes the federal government will rule in the girls’ favor, and that those states with similar policies will change them when they recognize they are violating Title IX.

“Ultimately, everyone here is seeking what they feel is equal opportunity and equality,” Harle continues. “But what we do know is that it’s not equal to have boys racing against girls. […] Even those who have begun therapy, or have been doing it for some time are still absolutely dominating, which just shows how unfair it is. There has to be some other method to allow young people identifying as transgender to participate in some way that doesn’t steal all the opportunities from girls.” […]”

You can follow more news from the NC Family Policy Council here.


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