On Saturday, Caitlyn Jenner, came out against allowing transgender athletes who were born as biological male in competing on girl’s sports.
"It just isn't fair, and we have to protect girls' sports in our schools."@Caitlyn_Jenner, who is transgender, doesn’t believe transgender individuals who identify as female should compete with biological girls.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 1, 2021
Caitlyn Jenner, who is a former Olympic athlete and who famously came out as transgender in 2015 speaks out about his opposition in allowing transgender athletes in competing in women’s sports.
Jenner waded into the controversial issue after she announced his gubernatorial run in California. The issue on banning trangender women in girl’s sports has also sparked Republican-backed legislation in states all over the country.
Jenner told TMZ, “This is a question of fairness, that’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls sports in school.” She added, “It just isn’t fair, and we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”
Jenner is currently running as a Republican candidate to unseat Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election in the deep-blue state of California.
"In this situation, it's just totally unfair," @WVGovernor agrees with Caitlyn Jenner's remarks about transgender athletes. https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO pic.twitter.com/8s398m3BWi
— Newsmax (@newsmax) May 3, 2021
The remarks made by Jenner come after the legislature in Florida was passed this week that would restrict entry into girl’s sports for those who were born biological male. Republican Governor Ron De Santis has also announced that he will support and sign the bill.
On Wednesday, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice also signed a similar bill, despite serveral warnings that sports groups might conduct protest by not holding college tournaments in the state. In 2016, the NCAA has already moved the championship out of North Carolina as a response to a bill that is also related to gender based use of sex-segregated bathrooms.
Meanwhile, Transgender activist claims that gender identity rather than sex should be the basis for who should be allowed into which sports team. The activist also called out such ban as “cruel and discriminatory.”
Supporters of the ban pushed back and said that it would be unfair for males to be allowed entry into sports intended for women and girls, considering the biological difference between male and female bodies.
Other red State officials are also moving to defend their laws in court as they take legislative action to limit transgender athletes in Girl’s sports.
In a statement to Fox News, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said, “Mississippi passed a law this year based on the basic premise that girls, and only girls, should play in girls’ sports. The ink wasn’t even dry from Governor Reeves’ signature before Sports Illustrated was reporting that the ACLU was preparing to sue and the NCAA threatened to take away championship competitions from our State.”
The Mississippi Senate voted to ban transgender athletes from competing on women's sports teams in the state's high schools and universities. https://t.co/t87p0ICdtL
— CNN (@CNN) February 13, 2021
Fitch added, “When the Fairness Act becomes law on July 1, I will be ready to defend this law and to defend the right of Mississippi’s girls to compete fairly.”
Arkansas Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge also delivered a statement to Fox News. Rutledge said, “Here is my message to President Biden if he decides to sue the State of Arkansas to stop us from implementing the GIRLS Act which protects the opportunities of our young girls: Bring it on, Biden! I will wholeheartedly defend and win to ensure girls in Arkansas have a fair playing field to succeed.”