“When it comes to sports, I believe that every athlete deserves a fair chance at success. In track and cross country, boys and girls are divided into different categories, and even into different heats (or skill levels) to keep things as fair as possible. Every athlete is responsible for working their way up to a better level, and every athlete deserves a chance to do so. When boys compete in female competitions, it takes that opportunity away from girls, many who are working hard to make it to a better rank. Due to the biological and physical build of boys, they have a natural advantage over girls when it comes to athletics. … While I do race against a transgender athlete, I have never experienced a loss competing with him. However, there are definitely girls who have, and I don’t want that to happen to me or any of my teammates down the line.” – Izzy, a high school runner, is pictured above.
We don’t want that to happen either, and we know you share that sentiment. That’s why we’re so grateful for the way you participated and made a difference during #SaveGirlsSports Week. While our work to Save Girls’ Sports will continue into the future, we wanted to share with you some of the highlights of this past week and celebrate the down payment made on the victories to come.
This week, we saw posts supporting #SaveGirlsSports from a range of perspectives. Coaches, concerned citizens, and of course current and former athletes all participated on social media. Here were some of our favorite posts:
Kaeley Triller of the Hands Across the Aisle Coalition shared that her women’s sports scholarship, made possible by a federal law called Title IX, was what allowed her to finance college. Today, groups like the ACLU (who once defended women’s sports) are attempting to undermine Title IX by using it to allow boys to play in girls’ sports.
And, one of our favorites that YOU sent us came from Pat McWethy of Virginia, a 74-year-old women’s basketball player with a wealth of perspective on Title IX and a huge heart to #SaveGirlsSports:
And that’s not to mention the many supportive tweets from individuals and partner organizations all over the country.
We were blown away by the support from national and state partners around the country!
This week and leading up to the campaign we were featured in outlets including The Federalist, Focus on the Family’s Daily Citizen, the Christian Post and Kevin McCullough’s Radio Night Live. We have been blessed to publish pieces in The Washington Examiner (forthcoming Monday) and The Daily Signal.
Most importantly, YOU made a huge difference this week at the grassroots level. Thousands of you signed our petition to state lawmakers, sent letters to the NCAA, and encouraged the Trump Administration to continue to stand strong for female athletes. And some of you even gave sacrificially to ensure this mission continues into the future. THANK YOU.
Thanks to you, #SaveGirlsSports Week was a success. Now, the real work must happen: fighting to #SaveGirlsSports in Idaho and beyond. With your support, we know
Policy and Communications Strategist
By Vince Torres, Executive Director
What do a liberal feminist leader and a conservative Christian pastor have in common? They both believe that “drag” is adult entertainment and that exposing children to highly sexualized dress and behavior is completely inappropriate.
I am the pastor and my friend, Natasha Chart, is the feminist leader. Natasha serves as chair of the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF)—a self-proclaimed radical feminist organization—and although we do not agree on everything, we are proud to be working together to bring awareness to the dangerous nature of “Drag Queen Story Hour” events happening in New Mexico and across the nation.
“Drag Queen Story Hour,” which began in cities like New York City and San Francisco, has made its way to New Mexico, with recent events in Albuquerque and Las Vegas. The events feature adult male entertainers, outfitted in makeup and drag dress, using their drag names, while reading to young children and, in some cases, dancing for them. At some events, children have even been encouraged to bring dollar bills to give to the drag entertainers as they provocatively perform. Despite what organizers claim, there is nothing innocent or family-friendly about these events.
In response to these local events, Natasha recently penned a letter to Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, the members of the Albuquerque City Council and the Bernalillo County Commission, and the Director of the Public Library in Albuquerque, urging them to “adopt a policy prohibiting Drag Queen Story Hour events aimed at minors.”
Among the concerns raised by Natasha is the “heavy dose of sexism” at the events. As Natasha states:
“From a feminist perspective, the main feature of drag is that it equates ‘woman’ with over- sexualized clothing (outfits no woman would wear to a library), unrealistic fake breasts and body shapes, heavy makeup, frivolous behavior, and a demure voice. This cements sex stereotypes that are offensive and harmful to women and girls. And because the message is largely visual, it takes hold even in preverbal children.”
We agree with Natasha. “Drag Queen Story Hour” exposes children to sexist, misogynistic, and over-sexualized content that can negatively impact their mental health. For these reasons and many others, we join Natasha in encouraging our elected officials and public libraries in New Mexico to put an end to these controversial events. Drag queen programs aimed at minors are inappropriate and our taxpayer funded libraries should not be promoting or hosting them.
To read Natasha Chart’s letter, please click here.
Family Policy Alliance partnered with an unlikely ally to protect the privacy and safety of women – a self-described radical feminist group called Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF). Together, Family Policy Alliance and WoLF filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court in the Gloucester case. The main issue in this case is whether the Obama Administration’s Title IX “bathroom mandate” should be enforced. Last year, the Obama Administration issues a letter declaring that public schools were at risk of losing federal funding unless they permit men and boys (who self-identify as female) to access girls’ locker rooms, showers and bathrooms. The Obama Administration ironically claimed the authority to do this through Title IX, the statute that ensures equal access to educational opportunity for women.
Family Policy Alliance and WoLF worked to persuade the Court that this bathroom mandate is dangerous – threatening the privacy and safety of women and girls. Even more shocking, the mandate could erase women from the law. After all, if the term “woman” means anyone who claims to be or feels like a woman, then the term no longer means anything.
We hope that the Court will see that when a Christian, family-centered group teams up with a radical feminist group, there must be something terribly wrong in need of the Court’s fixing! In fact, our unlikely partnership already has people talking – Tucker Carlson Tonight hosted WoLF on the show to talk about their work with Family Policy Alliance and the Gloucester case!
President Trump has rolled back the Obama Administration’s dangerous interpretation of Title IX, so the Supreme Court sent the Gloucester case back to the lower federal court for further consideration. This case will be ongoing for at least the next year.
President Trump rescinded the directive issued by the Department of Education and Department of Justice. That had a direct impact on the case being sent back to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“The first duty of school districts is to protect the bodily privacy rights of all the students who attend their schools,” said Kerri Kupec, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, “and to respect the rights of parents who understandably don’t want their children exposed in intimate changing areas like locker rooms and showers. The 4th Circuit should affirm the plain meaning of Title IX.”
Title IX, the federal law that opened opportunities for girls in the educational sphere, uses the word “sex” to define girls and boys. President Obama reinterpreted the plain meaning of the language to include “gender identity.”
Family Policy Alliance partnered with WoLF, a radical feminist organization, to file a friend-of-the-court brief in the case. Autumn Leva, policy director for Family Policy Alliance, said the effort to protect the privacy and safety of children in public schools will never end.
“Now that federal courts can consider this case without the interference of the Obama Administration’s faulty ‘bathroom mandate,’ we hope that the 4th Circuit—and other courts considering similar cases—will return to common sense and ensure that the privacy and safety rights of all are protected, particularly for students in our schools,” she said. “Family Policy Alliance and our network of state-based family policy groups will continue to advocate for privacy and safety to be once again made top priority at the state level as well.”
President Trump has rescinded the “bathroom mandate” put in place by the Obama administration. That order was sent to schools around the country in a “Dear Colleague” letter and directed public schools to open all girls’ restrooms, locker rooms and changing areas to boys who say they identify as girls.
Moms and daughters objected, but the previous administration stood firm by their redefinition of the term “sex” in Title IX to include gender identity. Title IX was passed in order to give girls educational and athletic opportunities previously denied them.
“What we were taught in kindergarten, boys use the boys room and girls use the girls room, was made old fashioned by liberal bureaucrats,” said Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. “Thanks to the Trump administration, parents and schools will remain free to protect the privacy and well-being of every student.”
Family Policy Alliance has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with radical feminist group WoLF in a case involving transgender bathrooms in schools. The Gloucester case will be heard by the high court on March 28th.
Autumn Leva, policy director for Family Policy Alliance, said the executive branch does not have the authority to change laws passed by our elected representatives in Congress.
“Of course, Congress never intended for a statute meant to help women access educational opportunities to be used to violate women’s privacy,” she said. “We applaud President Trump’s administration for undoing that nonsensical and unconstitutional ‘bathroom mandate,’ and we look forward to the Supreme Court upholding children’s basic privacy and safety rights in the Gloucester case.”
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This week, Tucker Carlson Tonight looked at the joint amicus brief filed by Family Policy Alliance and Women’s Liberation Front, known as WoLF. Kara Dansky, WoLF Board Chair and also an attorney, told Carlson that the transgender movement is harmful to women and girls.
“If we define sex, under Title IX, to mean gender identity,” Dansky said on Fox News, “what we’re essentially saying is that ‘women and girls’ can mean ‘anyone who self-identifies as women and girls,’ which makes the category ‘women and girls’ meaningless.”
How wrong does something have to be for a Christian pro-family organization and a self-described radical-feminist group to oppose it together at the Supreme Court?
Family Policy Alliance and Women’s Liberation Front, known as WoLF, jointly are filing a brief with the high court. It opposes the effort to open girls’ locker rooms and showers to boys who say they identify as girls – and vice versa.
Autumn Leva, our Director of Public Policy, discusses the brief with Kara Dansky, board chair of WoLF and also an attorney.
Download the amicus brief as filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
How wrong does something have to be in order to be opposed by a Christian conservative group and a self-described radical feminist organization? President Obama’s misguided push to open girls’ locker rooms and showers to boys is just that ridiculous.
Kara Dansky, is Board Chair of Women’s Liberation Front, known as WoLF. Even though we disagree on many other issues, we found common ground on this one. The attorney sat down with us to explain why Obama’s “bathroom mandate” is dangerous from her point of view. We think you’ll find her comments insightful.
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