The debate has been ongoing for months now: Should trans athletes be allowed to compete in women's teams? Well, Joe Biden has recently made his stance clear...
He has withdrawn from a lawsuit that was seeking to ban trans athletes from girls' high school sports teams.
But people have had a lot to say about it all.
Keep scrolling to find out why...
Now, this issue has been debated for quite some time now.
Ever since the Olympics allowed trans athletes to compete in 2016, there has been a solid divide in opinion over the matter.
While many are supportive of the inclusion of transgender athletes...
Others argue that it is unfair towards other athletes competing in the sport.
The subject of transgender female athletes is certainly the most debated...
Hi Daniel, you can abuse me all you like but facts matter.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 17, 2020
a) I support fairness & equality for all trans people.
b) Allowing trans women athletes to compete against women born to female biological bodies is inarguably unfair, unequal & dangerous. https://t.co/shAPFFFXIA
With people like Piers Morgan arguing that female trans athletes have an "unfair advantage" due to the fact they were born with a male anatomy, consisting of testosterone and other male hormones that increase strength and stamina.
It has been argued that their competitors don't "stand a chance"...
I know this won't be popular but athletes born female cannot possibly compete on a level playing field with someone born male.— Emma Louisa J 💕🥂🍾 (@Emmalouisajones) February 26, 2020
It's ludicrous and totally unfair to allow this to happen imo.
And there's a high number of people out there who feel transgender athletes shouldn't be allowed to compete because of this thought.
For instance, professional MMA fighter Ronda Rousey refused to fight trans fighter Fallon Fox in 2014.
"I feel like if you go through puberty as a man it's something that you can't really reverse. You can't just reverse that, there's no undo button on that. That's, unfortunately, her scenario," she said of her decision.
And New Zealand transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, faced a lot of criticism after she won a gold medal at the Pacific Games.
New Zealand-based lobby group, "Speak Up For Women," which advocates that sport must be categorized by sex rather than gender identity, called on the country's Olympic committee and sports minister to "defend women's sport."
"Kiwis (New Zealanders) know that males competing in women's sport is blatantly unfair," the group's spokesperson Ani O'Brien harshly said.
Nevertheless, transgender athletes are allowed to compete here in the United States...
And transgender girls are permitted to participate in sports that match their gender identity at schools and colleges across the country.
However, that's changing in some states.
Earlier this month, the State of Mississippi voted unanimously to ban young transgender athletes from competing in female sports in all schools and universities.
The vote took place on February 11th and won by thirty-six votes to 9.
5 people chose not to take part in the vote, while 4 voted "present," meaning they were not voting for or against the new legislation.
And now, it seems that Arkansas may be following...
As a general attorney for the state has proposed a bill that would ban transgender athletes from playing on women's school sports teams.
The bill was proposed by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Monday.
"The Gender Integrity Reinforcement Legislation Sports Act", if voted in, would ban transgender girls from athletics from kindergarten through to college.
As per the Associated Press, Rutledge said her legislation was in response to President Joe Biden's January 20th executive order to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, including in school sports.
Rutledge said: "We don't want common sense to be overshadowed by so-called political correctness. This bill will ensure the integrity of girls and women in sports."
According to KATV, she also added this:
"I want to send a strong message to President Biden and his administration that here in Arkansas, we intend to require schools to prohibit biological boys who self-identify as girls onto girls' sports teams."
This news comes after Joe Biden recently withdrew from an older lawsuit that Donald Trump backed when he was in office.
This lawsuit, which was curated by a group of cis runners in Connecticut, would prohibit transgender athletes from competing in girls' high school sports.
These runners claimed that they had been forced to compete against trans runners which gave them an unfair disadvantage.
This is because the state recognizes an athlete's gender identity over the gender they were assigned at birth.
However, Biden's move was slammed as "controversial" and a lot of people shared their opinions on the matter.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference said they made the initial decision due to state law.
This states that all high school students should be treated as the gender they identify with, but of course, even that received tonnes of backlash to the point where officials were threatening to cut off federal funding from the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights.
But now, under the Biden administration, there has been a major U-Turn on the situation.
A file has been motioned in order to dismiss the entire case, with the Department of Justice saying: "The government has reconsidered the matter and hereby notifies the Court that it withdraws its Statement of Interest."
Currently, fifteen other states are considering implementing a similar ban on trans athletes.
Idaho and Mississippi are among the states that have approved it already.
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