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DeSantis Signs Bill to Ban Transgender Females From Female Sports

DeSantis Signs Bill to Ban Transgender Females From Female Sports

DeSantis declared: “We’re gonna go based off biology, not based off ideology when we’re doing sports.”

No, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did not ban transgenders from competing in sports.

DeSantis signed “The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.” It does not allow transgender females to participate in female sports.

In other words, athletes must compete in sports associated with their biological sex.

“We’re gonna go based off biology, not based off ideology when we’re doing sports,” stated DeSantis before he signed the bill.

It’s simple science:

(2) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.-It is the intent of the Legislature to provide opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their skill, strength, and athletic abilities while also providing them with opportunities to obtain recognition and accolades, college scholarships, and the numerous other long39 term benefits that result from success in athletic endeavors and to promote sex equality by requiring the designation of separate sex-specific athletic teams or sports.

(a) Interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by a public, primary or secondary school, a public postsecondary institution, or any school or institution whose students or teams compete against a public school or public postsecondary institution shall be expressly designated as one of the following based on biological sex:
1. Males, men, or boys;
2. Females, women, or girls; or
3. Coed or mixed.
(b) Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls may not be open to students of the male sex.

DeSantis signed the bill in Jacksonville, FL. It will go into effect on July 1.

“I can tell you this: in Florida, girls are going to play girls sports, and boys are going to play boy sports,” declared DeSantis.

The school will resolve any issues by asking for the student’s birth certificate. The institution can also request a medical examination.

“We believe in the state of Florida protecting the fairness and the integrity of women’s athletics,” continued DeSantis. “We believe that it’s very important that the integrity of those competitions are preserved. That these opportunities are protected.”

High school athletes in Connecticut filed a lawsuit to block biological males from female sports. A judge dismissed the lawsuit but the athletes plan to try again.

Florida is the seventh state to pass a bill blocking transgender females from female sports: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

The Human Rights Campaign plans to sue Florida over the law. President Alphonso David wrote in a press release:

The Human Rights Campaign will always stand up to anti-equality forces on behalf of transgender kids, and that is exactly what we plan to do by legally challenging this ban on the participation of transgender girls and women in sports. Gov. DeSantis and Florida lawmakers are legislating based on a false, discriminatory premise that puts the safety and well-being of transgender children on the line. Transgender kids are kids; transgender girls are girls. Like all children, they deserve the opportunity to play sports with their friends and be a part of a team. Transgender youth must not be deprived of the opportunity to learn important skills of sportsmanship, healthy competition, and teamwork. The harmful provisions added to SB 1028 will not just impact transgender people in Florida. All Floridians will have to face the consequences of this anti-transgender legislation — including economic harm, expensive taxpayer-funded legal battles, and a tarnished reputation. In Florida, we are ensuring that there are legal consequences to pay for being on the wrong side of history.

Fairness In Women’s Sports by Matt Papaycik


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Hey, Kristi Noem, that is how it is done! No wimping out…got it?

“transgender females.” Stop using the enemy’s weasel words. These are mentally ill, often self-mutilated, anti-science cross dressers who hate your daughters.

But, at least, it’s law.

    chuckschick in reply to LB1901. | June 1, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Exactly. We won’t return to sanity until we refuse to play along. They’re not ‘trans females’; they’re dudes with gender dysphoria.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to chuckschick. | June 2, 2021 at 7:42 am

      No, they are men with gender identity disorder. The term “gender dysphoria” was invented by liberal psychologists so they could pretend it isn’t a disease and to appease the transgenders.

Dusty Pitts | June 1, 2021 at 1:35 pm

Human sex is determined by the presence or absence of a chromosome. There’s nothing human about pretending otherwise.

    Milhouse in reply to Dusty Pitts. | June 1, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    That’s not true. Almost all women have no Y chromosome, but that’s not what makes them women. There are very rare cases of women with Y chromosomes that for some reason didn’t express. Pretty much everyone agrees these people are women, and surely everyone agrees they should be allowed to compete in sports as women, which proves that the chromosome is not the determining factor, it’s just a very reliable proxy.

      Dathurtz in reply to Milhouse. | June 1, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Yep. There are a number of exceedingly rare disorders that mess with one’s apparent sex. It truly is far more complicated than most realize.

      That said, making rules based off those people is silly. I have no problem with an intersex person choosing how they identify. They aren’t mentally ill wackadoos but people with a unfortunate endocrine system.

      I have little pity for the wackadoos.

      Dusty Pitts in reply to Milhouse. | June 1, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      A disorder that amounts to a personal drama in those vanishingly rare occasions when it occurs, because sufferers can function in society without culture taking notice, is rarely a legitimate [political issue.

        Milhouse in reply to Dusty Pitts. | June 2, 2021 at 12:10 am

        I’m just saying the chromosome isn’t what determines a person’s sex. If someone has an unexpressed Y chromosome she is a female, not a male. Having the chromosome doesn’t define her as male. That’s all. A person’s sex is determined by their actual body, not by the genes that contributed to it. XY females are female because they are anatomically identical to XX females. So it’s anatomy that determines sex. The chromosome is just an extremely good proxy for that, but useless when we have the actual anatomy to look at instead.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Milhouse. | June 2, 2021 at 8:42 am

      You are using the same tactics that trans activists use to confuse the issue. We are not talking about those rare chromosomal abnormalities that sometime occur. We are talking about fully function XY males that choose to mutilate their bodies and pretend to be females and then demand to compete against XX females as if they are on an equal level. They are not. They never will be. There are inherent differences between males and females. These differences have been programmed into the genes over millions of years and cannot be changed by a person no matter how much they want it to be.

      So XX = male XY = female and that’s it. You cannot change biology no matter how much you wish it.

        No, you blithering moron. We are discussing Dusty Pitts’s claim that “Human sex is determined by the presence or absence of a chromosome.” Is that claim true or false? Do you know what “define” means? The existence of even one XY female in the entire world proves that it is false. It proves that the presence or absence of the Y chromosome does not define sex; it’s merely a very good proxy for it. And it’s a useless proxy, since the thing it’s a proxy for can be observed directly much more easily than the proxy can.

        Take blue and brown eyes. Everyone knows that the brown-eye gene is dominant, and therefore if you see someone with brown eyes they may or may not have one blue-eye gene, but if someone has blue eyes it means they have two blue-eye genes. Therefore, we were told in high school, if two blue-eyed parents have a brown-eyed child, that child can’t be the biological child of both parents. But as most people hopefully know that isn’t quite true. It is rare but possible for someone with both genes to have blue eyes, and therefore for their child to have brown eyes. Therefore the genes do not define eye color. To determine someone’s eye color one does not test their genes, one looks at their eyes. In exactly the same way, to determine someone’s sex one does not look at their genes but at their anatomy. Because it’s the anatomy that defines sex.

trans/pseudo-female (sex) or trans/quasi-feminine (gender)

UnCivilServant | June 1, 2021 at 1:40 pm

Is there any clause stopping females from the men’s category? I know the odds are they wouldn’t contend for the top spots, but I like symmetry.

    danvillemom in reply to UnCivilServant. | June 1, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    In small high schools in CA the ladies play on the mens golf team because that is the only way they can field a team (i.e. have enough players). In general, the ladies are not competitive.

    Milhouse in reply to UnCivilServant. | June 1, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    There’s no reason for such a clause. Female sports are a handicap category, to make a place for those who aren’t all that good overall, but are better than other people with the same handicap. It’s like the Special Olympics. If someone in a wheelchair is so good that he can compete against able athletes, if a featherweight wants to compete against people twice his weight, if a golfer with a large handicap wants to waive it and play without it, good luck to them. I see no reason to object.

      UnCivilServant in reply to Milhouse. | June 1, 2021 at 4:49 pm

      That isn’t the point.

        Milhouse in reply to UnCivilServant. | June 2, 2021 at 12:13 am

        That very much is the point. Your position seems to be that since normal people aren’t allowed to park in handicapped spaces, in the name of “equality” handicapped people should not be allowed to park in normal spaces. That’s ridiculous.

      daniel_ream in reply to Milhouse. | June 2, 2021 at 9:18 am

      I do, and it’s already come up: girls who want to play contact sports in high school on the boys’ teams. It’s dangerous to the girls, and the boys don’t like it because they won’t rush or hit a girl the way they would a male teammate or opponent, it complicates the hell out of changeroom facilities on the road, and then there’s the fairly obvious fact that men behave differently when there’s a woman around in a way that’s detrimental to team performance.

      This is why I don’t care if mentally ill men want to play in women’s sports. Female athletes have been playing the grrrl power/muh victimhood card for decades to disrupt men’s sports,

      Let them fight.

        Milhouse in reply to daniel_ream. | June 3, 2021 at 11:14 am

        That is a good point for contact sports. I know a young man who forfeited a high-school wrestling match because his conscience wouldn’t allow him to wrestle with a girl. It doesn’t apply so much to sports like running, let alone “sports” like chess.

The Friendly Grizzly | June 1, 2021 at 1:47 pm

So, no girly-men?

7 states including one of the most populous in the country, that is more than enough to eliminate the Noem excuse for why she didn’t sign the bill.

    henrybowman in reply to Danny. | June 1, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Sorry for the downvote. Clicked on the window to choose it, and what did I hit? 😖

    Milhouse in reply to Danny. | June 1, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Fine, so send her the bill again. When she vetoed it there weren’t all these large and powerful states who would stand with SD.

      MarkS in reply to Milhouse. | June 1, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      a leader is one that acts on what is the right thing to do, whether it is popular or not

        Milhouse in reply to MarkS. | June 2, 2021 at 12:16 am

        The right thing to do at the time was to veto the bill. Signing it would have harmed SD, and her duty is to avoid such harm. Now that the state will have powerful allies in the fight, that is no longer the case, so the legislature should send her the bill again.

      gonzotx in reply to Milhouse. | June 1, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Sorry excuse, she was listening to her handlers, not her conscience

henrybowman | June 1, 2021 at 2:54 pm

One of my favorite quotes is from Nebraksa governor Ben Nelson: “Tell me again why they call me governor instead of branch manager.”

De Santis is one of the few that actually understands this. Not to short the other six states that aced this particular quiz, but they need to flex that muscle with the same regularity that DeSantis does.

texansamurai | June 1, 2021 at 3:19 pm

“transgender females.” Stop using the enemy’s weasel words. These are mentally ill, often self-mutilated, anti-science cross dressers who hate your daughters

exactly–truthfully, they are also males who were(or are)abject failures in sports competition against other males–but hey, let’s declare ourselves “special” and, aside from all the attention, we can dominate sports events where we have a dramatic physical/biological advantage over the other participants

The school will resolve any issues by asking for the student’s birth certificate.

I assume from this that Florida doesn’t reissue birth certificates when people change their sex. But many (most?) states do, so this won’t do much good.

The institution can also request a medical examination.

Can, but won’t.

High school athletes in Connecticut filed a lawsuit to block biological males from female sports. A judge dismissed the lawsuit but the athletes plan to try again.

Note that the case was not dismissed on the merits but because the plaintiffs are not currently suffering any harm, and didn’t ask for monetary damages for the harm they suffered in the past. The judge was correct that this made the case moot. Supposing they won there was no relief the court could offer them. But the moment the harm resumes, e.g. if another boy starts to compete against the remaining plaintiffs, the case can pick up where it left off.

    Illinois has replaced mother and father on its birth certificates with parent number one and parent number two.

      Milhouse in reply to ParkRidgeIL. | June 1, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      So has NY. But the baby still has a sex; if s/he later changes it, the certificate is reissued.

        henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | June 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm

        Wow, So, can I now also identify as having a different age? How about having different parents? I can tell you, both of those would be extremely attractive and popular options!

        Drink at 12! Be Paris Hilton’s baby brother! Retire on Social Security at 30!

        Woops, I just dead-aged myself!

    gonzotx in reply to Milhouse. | June 1, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    They need to start their own races and require a birth certificate.

    No males allowed

    tom in reply to Milhouse. | June 1, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    When I was in school you had pass a pysical exam to join any team including cheer leaders.
    Seems like any school that doesn’t require a ph. ex . is setting them selves up for law suits .

Modern medicine has not advanced to the point where it can transform a biological female into a biological male, or vice versa. In fact, it hasn’t even advanced to the point where certain cosmetic, superficial surgeries performed on a biological male to help him to look more like a biological female are entirely reversible.

Good for him.

Too bad the Texas legislature screwed up and managed to kill the bill to do the same thing in Texas…

healthguyfsu | June 1, 2021 at 7:49 pm

My argument is always to point to the simplistic science in a relatable fashion…

If you are going to allow transgender females to participate in biological female sports then you might as well allow females to dope (which is dangerous and illegal) to allow them to catch up to the advantages that a born male testosterone-developed body has created for a transgender female even if she no longer has that testosterone. Changing the hormones doesn’t entirely replace the developmental periods where those androgens drove masculine muscle/bone/joint growth (and increased stature, which is an advantage in many sports).

“….to ban MEN from women’s sports”

Surrendering to the Left’s redefinition of words results in endless victories for them on issue after issue.

Transgenderism is an affliction, a biological error. Much as any person born deaf, or blind, missing a finger or limb, or being autistic. And for as long as civilization has existed, such people have been treated differently including with contempt, kindness, pity, or compassion.

Yet society has never, until the last 40 or so years, thought it should honor an infirmity as something to be proud of – that by being born into victim caste requires all others to recognize their affliction as “special” as something to be proud of, and that pride requires others to agree its a good and special thing.

This isn’t that hard, a tiny fraction of the population of males think they are women and are proud of it. As such, they demand millions of real women to bend the knee at let them into women’s sports. For them its not a matter of biology (the reason that men’s and women’s sports are separate) its a matter of serving their craving for self pride – they have a “right” to pretend what they are not and a “right” to impose their self-concept on society.

But I wonder, have we forgotten that pride is one of the seven deadly sins?

    daniel_ream in reply to Mark. | June 2, 2021 at 9:31 am

    95% of male sexual dysmorphics and effectively 100% of female sexual dysmorphics were sexually abused in childhood or adolescence. While psychopathologies are never simple, the most likely explanation for this dysmorphia is that it’s a self-destructive coping mechanism for complex PTSD. The “born this way” excuse isn’t borne out by the etiology.

    It isn’t pride that makes them so strident – it’s their subconscious desperately protecting the coping mechanism that they’re using (for far too many, unsuccessfully) to stave off suicide.

    Catering to a self-destructive coping mechanism isn’t good for them or for society, but this isn’t about sin on their part.