October 23, 2020


Sidelining Our Girls: New Ad Targets Key Senate Races with Message About Girls’ Sports

The Family Policy Alliance ad exposes candidates’ support of policies that allow males to compete in female sports categories

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Family Policy Alliance – a pro-family ministry – this week released a new ad targeting key Senate races in Montana, Georgia, and South Carolina, as well as the presidential election. The ad calls out Democratic candidates’ support for policies that would allow males to compete in female sports categories. In doing so, says the ad, they would “sideline our girls.”

In the 15-second version of the ad, a female voice says, “Female athletes dream big and work hard. Competition brings out the best in us. But Steve Bullock* and Joe Biden are working with LGBT activists to sideline our girls and allow boys to compete in girls’ sports. It doesn’t make sense. You can stop them.” *or other Senate candidate name in other races.

The ad’s claims are well-founded. Former Vice President Joe Biden is clear about his stance on his campaign website, which promises to “restore transgender students’ access to sports”. Meanwhile, each of the targeted Senate candidates has pledged support for the federal Equality Act, a Congressional proposal that would redefine sex to include gender identity in federal nondiscrimination law. Both Montana candidate Steve Bullock and Georgia candidate Jon Ossoff have pledged their support for the legislation on their campaign websites.  Meanwhile, South Carolina candidate Jaime Harrison is endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, which cited Harrison’s commitment “to co-sponsoring and voting for the Equality Act if elected” in its endorsement announcement.

What does that have to do with girls’ sports? By changing the definition of “sex” within federal nondiscrimination law, the Equality Act would allow males who identify as female to participate in female sports divisions.

But as the ad points out, “It doesn’t make sense.” Males often have significant physiological advantages over females, such as greater bone density, muscle mass, and cardiovascular capacity. When allowed to compete against females, they often dominate – sidelining even talented female athletes in their own (female) sports competitions. Where individual policies already allow males in female sports, girls have lost championships, scholarships, and other elite opportunities to males competing as females.

President Trump’s Administration has found those policies violate Title IX, a law which prevents sex discrimination in federally-funded education programs, including sports. The Department of Education wrote to Family Policy Alliance that, “Title IX regulations authorize single-sex sports teams” and that “where separating students based on sex is permissible—for example, with respect to sex-specific sports teams—such separation must be based on biological sex.”

Family Policy Alliance is targeting its ads to registered, active voters who have not yet voted in the 2020 General Election, strongly support the GOP Senate candidate, and are only somewhat likely (or unlikely) to vote in the election.

Family Policy Alliance hopes that the ads will help motivate conservative voters who understand the significance of the issues at stake.

All versions of the ad available below:

40-second Montana version (Bullock/Daines race)

15-second Montana version (Bullock/Daines race)

15-second South Carolina version (Harrison/Graham race)

15-second Georgia version (Ossoff/Perdue race)

Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com


Family Policy Alliance works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

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