Should biological males with their countless physiological advantages compete against girls in women’s sports? Most Americans consider it a question of fairness. According to recent polling, big majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters alike believe women’s sports should be reserved for girls.
So why did someone on the NCAA Board of Governors “dox” female athletes who want to #SaveGirlsSports?
When more than 300 college and professional female athletes sent a letter last week asking the NCAA to reject a call to boycott Idaho over its newly passed Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, they knew they could face stiff consequences—broken friendships, online harassment, and even retaliation on the sports field or in the college classroom.
That’s why these brave women expected the NCAA to keep their names private. Imagine their shock when Outsports (an imprint of the large sports news website SB Nation) somehow acquired and published their names, demanding that they “be held accountable” and “answer” for their belief that men don’t belong in women’s sports.
Newsflash: Doxing female athletes and subjecting them to ruthless harassment on the internet and elsewhere is nothing less than bullying.
Most certainly, one or more members of the NCAA Board of Governors violated the confidence of these girls by leaking their names to Outsports. But these bullying tactics aren’t new. Opponents of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act have made a habit of labeling female athletes who don’t want to compete against biological men as “bigoted” and “intolerant.”
Enough is enough.
Use our Action Center to quickly and easily send a letter to the NCAA Board of Governors voicing your support for these girls and their message. The NCAA needs to hear and respect the legitimate concerns of female athletes who are tired of biological men intruding into women’s sports.
It’s time for all of us to stand with female athletes who want to #SaveGirlsSports. Please send an email to the NCAA right now—and please forward this message to your friends, asking them to do the same!
Standing with our girls,
Director of Advocacy – Idaho
The North Carolina Legislature voted to approve a “compromise” that seriously harms HB 2, a law that was passed to protect the privacy and safety of women and children in private spaces such as restrooms, locker rooms and changing areas.
The NCAA and other groups used bullying tactics to get the lawmakers to agree to the “deal.” The NCAA threatened to not schedule any tournaments in the state until 2022 if the law was left in place as is.
John Rustin, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, one of Family Policy Alliance’s 40 allied groups, was disappointed, but determined.
” House Bill 2 was the strongest bathroom privacy and safety law in the nation,” he said. “We will continue to urge our state lawmakers to stand strong and resist the threats of the NCAA and others who would willingly place our state’s women and children at risk.”
The compromise also drew criticism from groups on the other side of the issue. National LGBT rights group, the Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU of North Carolina opposed it, particularly the language that prevents local communities from passing ordinances for the next four years to regulate private employment practices and businesses.
”The real tragedy today is that North Carolina legislators voted for the bullying tactics of the NCAA over the privacy and safety of their own citizens who put them in office. They’ve angered both the Right and the Left sides of their constituencies, and no doubt North Carolina voters will remember that in November 2018.”
Texas is now the only state left with a privacy bill working in the works. SB 6 passed the Senate on March 14 and is now waiting for a vote in the House. If any state can stand up to the school yard tactics, it’s Texas.
“We call on the members of the Texas House to now consider the merits of the Texas Privacy Act,” said Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values, “which respects private business while making it clear that boys do not belong in the girls’ room in our public schools.”
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is threatening to pull games from North Carolina because of the passage of HB 2, the bill that protects the privacy and safety of women and children in locker rooms, restrooms and other public facilities.
Please go to the Family Policy Alliance Action Center and urge the ACC to not pull games from the state. While you’re there, you can also send a message of support to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory who has stood strong on the bathroom issue in the face of immense pressure.
Thank you for making your voice heard!