Girls high school basketball team forfeits tournament rather than play against transgender player | CNN:
A Vermont girls high school basketball team forfeited an out of state tournament after refusing to play against a team that had a transgender player.
Mid Vermont Christian School (MVCS) was set to play Long Trail School on February 21, but MVCS forfeited the game due to a transgender player on Long Trail’s roster, according to the head of school at MVCS, Vicky Fogg.
“We withdrew from the tournament because we believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players,” Fogg said in a statement.
“Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.”
While sex is a category that refers broadly to physiology, a person’s gender is an innate sense of identity.
The factors that go into determining the sex listed on a birth certificate may include anatomy, genetics and hormones, and there is broad natural variation in each of these categories.
Sex is a biologically determined category based on human reproduction. The key element is gametes, the egg and the sperm, which are carried by females and males respectively. These types of vague illustrations of secondary factors purposely obscure reality and are part of what lead to the huge level of mistrust in mainstream media by those of us who know better.
Saying “gender is an innate sense of identity” is similarly so vague as to be a next-to-useless definition, helpful only in that tells us that the author is likely a shill for the regressive left.
A number of GOP-led states – among them Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia – have in recent years been successful in banning trans youth from competing in sport, infuriating LGBTQ advocates, who argue conservatives are creating an issue where there isn’t one.
This is also misleading, perhaps to the point of being untrue. No one is banned from competing in sport. Boys and girls in these states are free compete in the male leagues, all of which are open to both boys and girls. Only girls’ sports are restricted to girls because of male athletic advantages.
Trans youth are a small and vulnerable group that, LGBTQ advocates say, are largely misunderstood, making their existence ripe for attacks.
A 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health found that more than half of transgender and non-binary youth have seriously considered suicide, and a 2021 Williams Institute study reports 30% of transgender youth have attempted suicide in the year prior to the study.
This addendum has nothing to do with the issue at hand, boys playing in girls’ sports. It’s simply an attempt to stoke emotion and tie the protection of girls’ and women’s sports to attacks against “trans” youth.
Though the source of the referenced study is about as untrustworthy as they come, what we do perhaps agree upon is that we’re talking about a population who are mentally unwell and who require serious mental health counseling.