‘Jenner: Another Self-Absorbed, Self-Destructive, Anti-Trans Drumpfian’

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‘Jenner:  Another Self-Absorbed, Self-Destructive, Anti-Trans Drumpfian’
(04 May 2021)
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Here’s my opinion about Jenner.

Then my opinion about Trans children and Trans adults playing in sports amongst Cis teams and Cis teammates.

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The only thing that I consider having in common with Jenner is Transition.  Nothing else.  Even that is sketchy.

Okay, I cheered when ‘he’ won the 1976 Olympic Decathalon.  Most Americans cheered.

Jenner became famous.  ‘He’ snagged lucrative sports endorsements.  We bought the breakfast cereal because ‘his’ picture was on the box of ‘Wheaties’.  Those endorsements made ‘him’ wealthy, brought about the cushy celebrity lifestyle, made ‘him’ more famous, maybe endeared by the American public – hero makes good story.

Advance to a few years later.  I recall quite well seeing publicity pictures of Jenner during the 1980s – no facial shadow, feminised facial changes.  Remember, I went through M-F Transition, I knew the signs of M-F Transition personally.  I pretty much suspected something, if not outright ‘knew’ that Jenner was on Estrogen.  Jenner was hiding ‘his’ Transition from public scrutiny, still enamoured amidst the benefits of Male Privilege.

Skip through the 1980s to 2015.  Jenner lived easy as a celebrity Republi-con, luring unsuspecting people into the fold.  Jenner deliberately chose to continue ‘his’ Male Privilege, chose the glory of the publicity of marrying into more money and the easy lifestyle.  Jenner hardly experienced any of the hardships and difficulties of Transition, of presenting Female, as the large portion of us must endure.  I submit that every Kardashian knew that Jenner was on hormones right from the start.

I am not endeared to publicity hounds of the likes as Jenner.

Yeh, I watched the Jenner TV interview in 2015.  I was totally underwhelmed, unenthused throughout the show.  I’ll never get that wasted hour back in my life.  There was Jenner, sucking in even more publicity.  No substance.  Blathering in support of her dearest Republi-con Party was absolutely no surprise to me.  I’d have been floored if Jenner claimed to be a Liberal, a Lefty, a Progressive, or a Democrat.

It was no surprise to me when Jenner campaigned for Drumpf.  Two creepy ‘peas in the pod’ publicity hounds who do everything for only themselves and for only their self-aggrandisement.

I’m saddened that innumerable celebrity members of Our Trans / LGBTI Community are anti-Trans, proffer their anti-Trans ravings.  More so when those people hold the public’s attention because of their celebrity status:  Jenner, Renee Richards, Martina Navratilova.

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I take these objections of anti-Trans gangs personally.

I played softball with my neighbourhood friends, I played softball at school from 2nd Grade to 10th Grade.  I played Little League from the Summer after 2nd Grade to Summer after 8th Grade.  In 9th Grade, I had been on the Brophy High School baseball team til it became mandatory to take group showers after practise.  That’s how I switched to Track and Field – no showers.

I was a good softball / baseball player – fielding and batting.

I was good playing Little League as a ‘boy’.  Amongst my Little League personal friends, some who had promoted from ‘minors’ to ‘majors’, I was the only one to promote to the advanced Little League during the Summer after my 8th Grade.  I told you about playing our games at a real Major League Baseball stadium – no more elementary school playground stuff.  Playing at a Major League baseball stadium was so memorable!  Maybe not to 40.000 fans, but it was a boy’s (and this girl’s) dream come true.  The next levels, had I continued playing competitive baseball, were college baseball and professional basketball.

During my Transition, I played several seasons of adult city league and office league softball as Nick / male (1975 to 1984).  I played that city league softball both as Nick / male before Estrogen and as Nick / male on Estrogen.  No one knew that I was on Estrogen, no one asked if I was on Estrogen.

I was good at city league softball because I was good, not because of, or lack of, one hormone or another.  I was good both before Estrogen and after Estrogen because I was good, not because of any influence with or or lack of influence without Estrogen.  I was good because I was good, not because I was or wasn’t on Estrogen.

My father gave a tennis racquet to me for Christmas 1963.  I played tennis beginning in my 2nd Grade, mostly knocking the ball against the backboard at the nearby high school tennis courts.  I attended Brophy College Preparatory High School, a Jesuit boys school, for 9th Grade.  I played on Brophy’s high school tennis team during 9th Grade.  I was mediocre on that team because I faced the best in the state – my Brophy teammates and team would be state champions.  Jeff was generally a better player than I, yet I could beat Jeff at any given match.

I continued knocking around playing tennis but only irregularly.  I played a few times at the Pinewood School clay court during the Summer of 1972.  I played with one of the Anatolia teacher’s; nothing competitive, merely volleying back and forth.  The last time when I played before Team Tennis would have been the school year when my father and I lived at New Mexico and we volleyed the ball back and forth after school for exercise (1977 – 1978).  Again.  Hardly competitive!

Team Tennis came to Tucson (1986).

I played adult Team Tennis on Estrogen.  I played in the women’s division because I am now Sharon / Female full-time.  Despite those years of inaction, despite facing competition from currently active, better players, I came in 5th Place that season.  I did that well because I had retained my skill level.  I always played the Female finesse style rather than the male power style all my life playing tennis.  I could make the ball spin and curve.  I could shift between righty and lefty because I am ambidextrous.

I can also go back to my childhood with uncertain hormones.  My being Intersex meant that I was not quite fully complimented with Testosterone same as the boys, especially during 9th Grade when I hit a spurt of Estrogen.  Yet, while playing as Nick / male, I was better than many of my friends and teammates.  T was hardly an advantage.  Hmm?

Did you watch the 1986 CBS TV movie ‘Second Serve’?  It’s about Renee Richards and her Transition.  There is a segment when Richards participates in a tennis tournament at her California city.  She warned the promoter that she did not want to play if there would be publicity.  Well, not only did she win the tournament, but the eventual publicity outed her and damaged her privacy.  The positive result was that she successfully took a case through Civil Court and established the Right of Trans people to participate in sports.

‘Second Serve’
(https://youtu.be/gUuXyBE0_z4)

So, that’s my two cents in support of Trans Rights in sports at every level, in my opposition to Jenner, and in my opposition to the hatred of the anti-Trans movement.

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Amanda Seales admonishes Jenner regarding Male Privilege.

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PBS ‘Washington Week in Review’ aired last Friday (30 Apr 21) with a segment on Trans Rights.

The panel agreed that Americans overwhelmingly support Trans Rights.  But Drumpf, Drumpfians, Deplorables, their Republi-con Party overwhelmingly oppose Trans Rights.

Manchin is solidly with the Republi-con Party against Trans Rights.  I fear that Manchin will flip to Republi-con and return the Senate to Republi-con obstructionist control.

Dunno how soon.

Definitely in time for his re-election.  If I recall, Manchin was re-elected in 2020.

Manchin whines that Democrats must reach across the aisle to meet Republi-cons:

 – When Republi-cons have a majority, they demand that Democrats must work with them.

 – When Republi-cons are the minority, they still demand that Democrats must work with them.

A one-way street. Pfffttt! on Republi-cons, on Manchin.

How can you claim to be pro-Trans while being Republi-con?  You can’t!

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Notice how Robertson frames his argument – Trans versus Women.

Maybe States should quit criminalising health care for Trans children, quit criminalising Puberty Blockers, quit criminalising Cross Hormones.  With proper Transition health care, ‘biological boys’ would be equal to Cis girls.

Since when did Right-wing, Republi-con, Christian Con-servative get concerned about Public Schools!

And inciting the issue that Trans is all about bringing ‘biological boys’ into the girl’s locker room, ‘biological boys’ gawking at naked girls?  Crooked Drumpf has his well known habit of barging into the dressing room of teenage age girl pageants while many of these minor children are in various stages of undress, even naked.  Why have prosecutors not charged Crooked Drumpf with his crimes!  Why do Drumpfian and Deplorable loyalists not object!

Who the Hell is Jenner to suddenly be the lead support for children’s sports, girl’s sports!

Robertson is deliberately lying and deceiving to his audience.

‘The battle over Transgender Rights and Women’s Rights is heating up at the state level – lawmakers taking steps to protect the Rights of Women and girls.  Transgender icon Jenner is making the case that biological boys shouldn’t compete in female sports. ‘

‘Multiple States are taking steps to block Trans athletes from competing in girls sports through new legislation.  It’s a much needed move to protect boys and girls.  States introducing Bills restricting Trans youth from access to girls sports.  States have laws or Executive Orders keeping Transgender students from competing on girls sports teams in Public Schools. ‘

‘Biden’s Executive Order prioritises Trans Rights, opens up Public School bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports regardless of their biological sex.  There’s a wave of Republi-con legislation. ‘

‘Jenner is bringing more attention to the issue. ‘

‘Hundreds marched in Asheville protesting against legislation barring Trans girls from competing in female sports. ‘

‘Some are accusing Jenner of playing politics. ‘

‘LGBTIQ advocates say the data doesn’t support anti-Trans position. ‘

‘How did we get here!  It’s fundamentally unfair!  A biological boy compete in a girl’s sport at whatever level.  What’s going to happen with college sports?  The Olympics?  Get biological boys to compete in women’s sport, you’ll no longer have women’s sport.  It’s biology!  What does that mean for college sports and Olympics?  It’s the end of women’s sports!  It’s fundamentally unfair!  Jenner is leading the fight.  It’s fundamentally unfair!  We need to listen to her! ‘

 – Gordon Robertson, R-Drumpf (his CBN ‘700 Club’ TV show, 5 May 21)

‘Protect our girls!  We want to have opportunities for OUR girls! ‘

 – Governor Ron DeSantis, R-Drumpf (CBN ‘700 Club’ TV show, 5 May 21)

‘Men and women. Non-partisan. We can all see. It’s a common sense issue! It’s a really good thing. ‘

‘Males competing in female sports is the end of female sports. It’s the end of Female sports! Males hold records in Female sports. With a male on a female team have an advantage, we’ll have all-Male Female sports! ‘

 – Beth Stelzer, Save Women’s Sports, R-Drumpf (CBN ‘700 Club’ TV show, 5 May 21)

‘It’s fairness! I oppose biological boys competing in girl’s sports in school. We hafta protect girl’s sports! ‘

‘If the Olympic Committee thinks it’s fair, I’m fine with it.  Yes!  There’s no big advantage. ‘

 – Caitlyn Jenner, R-Drumpf (CBN ‘700 Club’ TV show, 5 May 21)

‘Trans girls and Trans boys go through proper Transition. ‘

 – Charlotte Clymber, LGBTI Advocate (CBN ‘700 Club’, 5 May 21)

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Jenner is a joke who joined the California gubernatorial race with all the energy of a Cadillac Escalade rear-ending a Lexus, using Trans children as a political football.

(https://www.facebook.com/100000001294374/posts/4522525254424140/)

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‘Jenner is a f*ck!ng m0r0n.’

(https://www.facebook.com/mariewbobosmith/videos/4521392567870742/)

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Legislators and governors are passing anti-Trans laws for issues that don’t exist against people they’ve never known.

(https://www.facebook.com/mariewbobosmith/videos/4518064781536854/)

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P!$$ off the anti-Trans crowd.

(https://www.facebook.com/mariewbobosmith/videos/4515505625126103/)

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The Trans Song.

(https://www.facebook.com/mariewbobosmith/videos/4513237355352930/)

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Arkansas HB 1882 requires people to use the public facilities according to their birth sex.

(https://www.facebook.com/mariewbobosmith/videos/4443511525658847/)

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(https://www.businessinsider.com/caitlyn-jenner-trans-girls-shouldnt-participate-in-girls-sports-2021-5)

Caitlyn Jenner says transgender girls shouldn’t get to participate on girls’ sports teams because it ‘just isn’t fair’
Connor Perrett
May 1, 2021, 2:02 PM

Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards in 2015. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

The candidate for California governor said trans girls shouldn’t be allowed to play girls’ sports.

Jenner, a trans woman, former athlete, and reality star, made the comments in a TMZ interview.

There have been at least 36 bills targeting trans athletes in the US this year.

Caitlyn Jenner, a candidate for California governor, said in an interview Saturday that she did not believe transgender girls should be allowed to participate in girls’ sports.

Jenner, a Republican who came out publicly as a trans woman in 2015, made the comments in a seemingly impromptu interview with TMZ as she was walking out of a Starbucks with her dog.

“This is a question of fairness,” said Jenner, who in 1976 won gold at the Olympics. “That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school. It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”

Read more:

With at least 36 bills and a new law, Republicans across the country ramp up attacks on transgender athletes’ rights. ‘None of this was ever about fairness.’

Jenner declined to answer a follow-up question when the reporter asked whether it was “delegitimizing” to a trans person’s identity to refuse to allow them to play on the sports team that aligns with their gender.

“Have a good day,” Jenner said.

“I didn’t expect to get asked this on my Saturday morning coffee run, but I’m clear about where I stand,” Jenner later said in a tweet, sharing the TMZ interview. “It’s an issue of fairness and we need to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”

There are bills targeting transgender people in at least 28 state legislatures in the US across the country, Insider’s Canela López previously reported. These types of legislation vary from banning trans children from playing on sports teams to prohibiting doctors from providing medical care to trans youth.

There are at least 36 bills in state legislatures specifically targeting transgender youth from playing on teams matching their gender identity, Insider’s Madison Hall and Kayla Epstein reported. The Florida Legislature on Friday passed a bill prohibiting trans youth from participating in school sports that align with their gender.

Jenner’s view pits her against many activists in the transgender community, who argue that bills prohibiting trans kids from participating on sports teams that align with their gender identity are harmful and unnecessary.

“Trans youth are just trying to go to school to learn and play on a team to be with their friends like anybody else,” Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, deputy executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, previously told Insider. “There’s no reason that elected officials should be attacking young people like that. We should be making it easier to be in school and play on teams these days, not harder.”

While conservative lawmakers have focused on bills targeting trans athletes, lawmakers often are unable to identify instances in which the inclusion of trans girls on a girls sports team has resulted in any sort of a problem, as The Associated Press reported.

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Caitlyn Jenner says transgender girls shouldn’t get to participate on girls’ sports teams because it ‘just isn’t fair’
Connor Perrett
Sat, May 1, 2021, 2:02 PM·

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Sarah McBride made history becoming the first openly trans person elected to a state Senate seat. In 2018, she explained why the Trump administration wouldn’t discourage her work.

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(https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/04/nbc-anchor-shreds-gop-governor-jawdropping-live-segment-trans-youth/)

NBC anchor shreds GOP governor during jawdropping live segment on trans youth
By the end of the segment, the governor was barely coherent, saying that there are only “12 kids in our state that are transgender-type kids.”
Alex Bollinger
Friday, April 30, 2021

Stephanie Ruhle was having none of Gov. Jim Justice’s excuses

MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle chewed out West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) for signing a bill to ban transgender girls from school sports after he couldn’t even say whether there’s even one trans student competing in sports in his state.

“Sir, you have no examples of this happening,” she said as she berated the governor. “Why would you take your time to do this?”

Related: North Dakota’s governor surprises everyone by vetoing anti-trans bill

By the end of the segment, Justice was barely coherent, saying that there are only “12 kids maybe in our state that are transgender-type kids.”

Earlier this week, Gov. Justice signed a bill that would ban transgender girls and women from participating in school sports as their gender. All over the country, Republican state lawmakers are trying to pass similar legislation, using the exact same talking points about how transgender girls are crowding cisgender girls out of school sports even though they can’t even say if there are any trans student-athletes in their states at all.

“Can you name one example of a transgender child trying to gain an unfair competitive advantage at a school there in West Virginia?” Ruhle asked.

“Well… well Stephanie, I don’t have that experience exactly to myself right now, but I will tell you this-” Justice started responding before Ruhle cut him off.

“Not yourself. Your state, sir. Can you give me one example of a transgender child trying to get an unfair advantage? Just one in your state,” she asked again.

“No, I can’t really tell you one, but I can tell you this Stephanie,” Justice said before rambling about how “we all know what an absolute advantage boys would have playing against girls….”

Of course, the law isn’t about boys playing girls’ sports, it’s about banning some girls – those who are transgender – from playing girls’ sports. Justice tried to talk about why he, as a girls’ basketball coach, thinks it would be bad for boys to pretend to be trans in order to participate in girls’ sports – which is absurd – and Ruhle wasn’t having it.

“But, sir, you have no examples of this happening,” she snapped back. “Why would you take your time to do this?”

Then she dragged the state of West Virginia, pointing out that it’s ranked “45th in education, 47th in health care, 48th on the economy, and 50th in infrastructure.”

“If you cannot name one single example for me of a child doing this, why would you make this a priority? I just named four things that would seem to me like a much bigger priority,” Ruhle scolded the governor.

Looking like a child caught with his hand in a cookie jar, he responded, “Well Stephanie, I didn’t make it a priority.”

“You signed it!” she said, incredulously. He brought up Title IX to defend his position when that’s the exact law that President Joe Biden cited to back up the administration’s position that discrimination against LGBTQ people in education – including school sports – is already illegal.

“I think we only have 12 kids maybe in our state that are transgender-type kids, for cryin’ out loud, Stephanie!” the governor said, not citing a source for that number.

“Please come back when – beyond anecdotal feelings as a coach – you can show me evidence that those young women are being disadvantaged in your state,” Ruhle responded.

(https://www.msnbc.com/stephanie-ruhle/watch/watch-west-virginia-governor-unable-to-provide-evidence-of-transgender-athletes-gaining-athletic-advantage-after-signing-anti-transgender-bill-111117381621)

The ACLU has already said that it will sue West Virginia over the law.

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Caitlyn Jenner opposes trans girls in women’s sports as unfair
Published 2 May 21

The former Olympic athlete is running as a Republican candidate for California governor

Caitlyn Jenner, candidate for California governor and former Olympic gold medallist, says she opposes trans girls participating in women’s sports.

Ms Jenner, who came out as a trans woman in 2015, told a reporter: “It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”

The Republican candidate for governor gave what appeared to be an impromptu interview to the TMZ website.

A number of US states are considering a ban on trans girls in women’s sports.

Mississippi signed such a ban into law in March, although it is expected to face appeals. The Human Rights Campaign – the largest LGBT advocacy group in the US – says some 17 other states are considering similar legislation.

I didn’t expect to get asked this on my Saturday morning coffee run, but I’m clear about where I stand. It’s an issue of fairness and we need to protect girls’ sports in our schools.https://t.co/YODLDQ3csP
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) May 1, 2021

View original tweet on Twitter

Caitlyn Jenner was one of the US’s most successful athletes in the decathlon during the 1970s and won gold in the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

In recent years, she has been a household name thanks to her involvement in the hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Before transitioning, she was married to Kris Jenner and the pair have two daughters, Kendall and Kylie.

Ms Jenner, who has been described as the highest-profile American to come out as transgender, was asked for her opinion on the hot-button issue of trans athletes while out walking her dog to get a coffee.

“This is a question of fairness,” she said. “That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school. It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”

Ms Jenner then took to Twitter to reiterate her stance.

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Ms Jenner’s views on trans athletes put her at odds with many activists in the trans community, who argue that legislation targeting trans children is dangerous and discriminatory.

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Caitlyn Jenner on why trans people don’t like her: I’m not a gutter whore
Kelli Busey
January 19, 2021

Caitlyn Jenner on why the trans community doesn’t accept her:  I’m not a gutter whore

Caitlyn Jenner wasn’t born in the wrong body, she was born into the wrong community.

Most all of us supported Caitlyn Jenner when she announced her transition. It was a no brainer. But after a while, GLAAD and the mainstream media started using her as the ‘face of the trans community.” And it also became clear that she is a white privileged republican who supported Trump.

If we had any idea what Trump was before he was elected Jenner would have had a far worse relationship with us.

Jenner told Time in a 2015 interview that if the trans community wanted success we shouldn’t look like a man in a dress. That was classic Jenner.

In an interview with Dear Media’s The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast, the former reality star said she’s accepted that she is an outcast in the trans community because of her beliefs and background.

The topic arose when host Michael Bosstick brought up the difference in how people reacted to Elliot Page coming out, versus Caitlyn’s experience in 2015.

Via LGBTQ Nation: “I’m very happy that your family was so supportive and the people closer were supportive, but I feel there’s a double standard where like, you also got a lot of s–t from a lot of people that are very supportive of other people in Hollywood transitioning, but maybe if you don’t fit that agenda or that kind of typecast, they’re not as forgiving with someone like yourself,” Michael remarked. “I wonder if you’ve ever thought about that double standard.”

Then it turns into a true shit show with Jenner the ring leader.

(https://www.instagram.com/tv/CKPuncqjsNx/?utm_source=ig_embed)

Jenner on why she isn’t accepted by the trans community: I’m white, I’m successful and I’m not a gutter whore, I work for a living

Couldn’t make this shit up if I wanted to. link on our profile.
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This Lawsuit to Ban Trans Girls From School Sports Just Got Thrown Out
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In a breath of fresh air for trans youth, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Connecticut schools were discriminating against cis female athletes by allowing trans girls to compete against them.

The case concerned a group of cis female student athletes — Chelsea Mitchell, Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Ashley Nicoletti — who sued the Connecticut Association of Schools seeking to ban two Black, trans athletes, Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, from competing in track events. The plaintiffs alleged that Connecticut’s inclusion policy “regularly” resulted in “boys displacing girls in competitive track events” and was therefore a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. That statute prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs.

Ultimately, the cis students requested that the Connecticut Association of Schools immediately bar all transgender girls from competition. They also sought to remove the achievements of trans athletes from official records, along with monetary compensation.

But on Sunday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut threw out the case, which was originally filed in February 2020, on procedural grounds. In a 29-page decision, Judge Robert N. Chatigny noted that Yearwood and Miller have since graduated from high school and chose not to compete in athletics in college. That makes the students’ request to block Connecticut’s trans inclusive policies a moot point, according to the ruling.

“There is no indication that Smith and Nicoletti will encounter competition by a transgender student in a CIAC-sponsored event next season,” wrote Chatigny, adding that defendants admitted they did not know of any trans students currently competing in track and field.

Chatigny said that it’s “still theoretically possible” that trans girls would compete, but claimed the cisgender students had failed to demonstrate harm arising from the policy. He added that “a legally cognizable injury to these plaintiffs would depend on a transgender student running in the same events and achieving substantially similar times,” referring to this hypothetical as a “speculative contingency.” According to the judge, this is an insufficient challenge under the law.

In one final victory for the trans students targeted by the suit, Chatigny said the plaintiffs were not entitled to damages because they did not adequately notify Yearwood and Miller of their alleged “violation” of Title IX. The defendants relied on guidance from the Department of Education (DOE) as to whether or not they had actually broken the law, but at time the lawsuit was filed, they hadn’t. It wasn’t until August 2020 that the defendants received a letter from the Office of Civil Rights that informed them that it did not include trans students under Title IX.

This letter was withdrawn by the Biden administration in February. President Joe Biden also issued an executive order on his first day in office affirming that trans people are protected under federal anti-discrimination statutes, explicitly naming the right of students to compete in school sports.

Although Chatigny didn’t mention the federal mandate, he noted that district courts have been consistent in upholding trans students’ rights in the past few years, regardless of what administration has been in power.

“Courts across the country have consistently held that Title IX requires schools to treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity,” Chatigny wrote, citing several landmark cases such as Doe v. Boyertown, Grimm v. Gloucester and Dodds v. Doe, all of which defended the rights of trans students under Title IX.

Advocates celebrated the dismissal, a rare spot of good news in the ongoing, GOP-fueled culture war over women’s sports. As previously reported by them., 2021 has seen a wave of hate group-backed legislation introduced in more than 31 states seeking to bar trans girls and women from competing on sex-segregated sports teams. Some of those bills, most recently Alabama’s, have already been signed into law.

Elana Bildner, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, said the district court ruling is a reminder that “trans students’ humanity, dignity, and ability to be full members of their school communities should never be up for debate.”

“The dismissal of this meritless lawsuit is a victory for trans youth in Connecticut and across the country, and it would not have been possible without incredible bravery from Andraya and Terry, who have carried more on their shoulders as two Black trans youth than most adults face in a lifetime,” said Bilder, whose organization represented Yearwood and Miller in court, in a statement.

Trans Inclusion in School Sports Doesn’t Hurt Cisgender Girls, New Report Finds

The report comes at a crucial turning point for trans athletics in schools, which is currently under attack in 11 state legislatures.

However, the fight isn’t over yet, as the plaintiffs stated they would be appealing the decision in a statement released by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented the plaintiffs. Designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the ADF represented Colorado baker Jack Phillips in his quest to refuse a gay couple seeking a cake for their wedding, a case which was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court. It has also fought to protect conversion therapy, anti-gay sodomy laws, and trans sterilization mandates abroad.

“Today, the conversation centers on Connecticut’s high school track and field program, but there’s something bigger at stake here,” said ADF Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb. “Girls and women deserve opportunities that are truly equal.”

The rest of the statement goes on to misgender the defendants extensively.

Research has shown that trans inclusion policies actually increases overall participation in girls’ sports and that trans exclusionary policies at schools lowers participation among cis female athletes. Additionally, multiple studies have found that there is no evidence for banning trans women from sports, as not enough research has been conducted on the effects of transitioning on athletic ability.

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