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Save Women’s Sports Movement Hits Texas

 

This week, people across the nation remember and honor the contributions and accomplishments of female athletes and the value of female sports. This observance involves recognizing that women deserve to compete on a level playing field.

Unfortunately, a growing trend of allowing biological males to compete in women’s sporting events destroys fair competition and robs women of athletic opportunities. Numerous women have been put at a disadvantage because schools and organizations ignore blatant biological differences and prioritize gender ideology over reality. To address this issue, Texas legislators have begun filing legislation to establish “fair play” in women’s sports.

“The Save Women’s Sports effort helps keep a fair playing field. We want to make sure that female athletes can display their ability and talent without being overshadowed,” said Mary Elizabeth Castle, Policy Advisor for Texas Values.

Real-life and current examples of this unfairness include:

  • Madison Kenyon and Mary Kate Marshall, college athletes on Idaho State University’s cross-country and track team, were appalled to discover that a male athlete who “identified” as female was allowed to compete in their running events.  Both girls lost to the male athlete and were knocked down placement levels because of his participation.
  • Beth Stelzer was a powerlifter from Minnesota. She began speaking and writing to preserve athletic opportunities for women after one of her powerlifting competitions was jeopardized by a disruptive protest from LGBT activists demanding that a biological man be allowed to participate in the powerlifting competition.
  • Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, and Alanna Smith were elite high school athletes in Connecticut. They devoted countless hours and days to shaving mere fractions of a second off their race times in hopes for victory and an opportunity to compete in state and regional meets. Despite their best efforts however, two male athletes identifying as female dominated the field, winning 15 women’s track championships. Those titles were held by nine different Connecticut women only a year before the males starting competing.

This week there is a viral video highlighting this unfairness in female sports. Former U.N Ambassador Nikki Haley even pointed out the unfairness. Texas Values is committed to supporting bills recently filed in the Texas Legislature like HB 1458 by Rep. Valoree Swanson and SB 373 by Senator Charles Perry to protect athletic opportunities and scholarships for women.

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