“What is Truth?” This was the question Pontius Pilate asked Jesus just before he sent him to be scourged and crucified, and it is the same question being asked by multitudes today. Pilate’s words are echoed in the oft-repeated statement in today’s culture that says, “What is true for you may not be true for me.” Ironically, it seems there is both a great hunger for truth and yet at the same time there is a great denial of it. Transgender ideology as it relates to girls’ sports is a case in point.
If we care about Rhode Island youth we need to ask: are there consequences for allowing biological males to compete in girls’ sports? Well, the science – the truth – says the following:
- When they are matched for training, males will be larger, faster, and stronger than females. Genetically speaking every cell in a male’s body is still male, regardless of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones or surgeries.
- A male who self-identifies as a female and is taking estrogen still retains some of the physical advantages he gained during puberty.
- If we allow males onto female teams, we are essentially turning girls’ sports into co-ed sports – that is, eliminating any true “girls’ sports.” Males not only threaten the safety of females, but also the opportunities available to them. This happened in Connecticut when two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, frequently outperformed their competitors, winning a combined 15 girls’ state championship races between 2017 and 2020. The races that they won – and any opportunities that arose from those wins – should have gone to females.
Senate Bill 0638, the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” is a way to keep that from happening in Rhode Island. It draws a simple line: to compete in girls’ sports, you have to be a girl. Rhode Island is one of 30 states with legislation like this, and already three states (Idaho, Arkansas, Mississippi) have successfully made the bill into law!
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island
P.S. This coming Monday (April 5) at 7:30 PM, we are hosting a 1 hour Zoom info session on this issue. It will feature Dr. Michelle Cretella, the Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians. (Check your in box for an invitation.)