Biden Pledges to Force Schools to Let Biological Males Compete in Female Sports
Democrat nominee vows to pass Equality Act within his first 100 days of taking office
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has pledged that, if elected president, he will force schools to allow biological males to compete in female sports events if they "identify" as transgender.
Former Vice President Biden vowed that he will pass the Democrats' Equality Act to force such measures within his first 100 days of taking office, should he win the election in November.
Despite Biden being slow to talk about the transgender athlete issue specifically, he previously pledged to pass the bill that would, among other far-left measures, require all public schools to allow born-male athletes, who identify as transgender girls, to compete in female sports.
In May 2019, the Equality Act passed the House with unanimous support from Democrats but failed to come up for a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.
According to the Cook Political Report, five of the 53 Senate seats currently held by Republicans are considered tossups in November.
The GOP is only expected to flip just one Democratic Senate seat: that of Alabama Sen. Doug Jones.
According to The Daily Caller, after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders touted an endorsement from popular podcast host Joe Rogan, who has been outspoken against the idea of biological males competing in female athletics, Biden said that “there is no room for compromise” on transgender issues, which he called the “civil rights issue of our time.”
Biden’s campaign press secretary Jamal Brown demanded Sanders disavow Rogan’s “transphobic” comments.
The transgender athlete issue has resurfaced after President Donald Trump’s Department of Education sided with high school girls suing the state of Connecticut over its transgender policy and his Department of Justice threw its support behind an Idaho law restricting girls’ sports to biological females.
Twenty-eight congressional Democrats signed a letter last week condemning the Department of Education for ruling that public schools shouldn’t allow biological males who identify as transgender to play girls’ sports.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito predicted that one effect of the court’s June 15 ruling in the Bostock case “may be to force young women to compete against students who have a very significant biological advantage, including students who have the size and strength of a male but identify as female and students who are taking male hormones in order to transition from female to male.”
A poll released in November 2019 found that less than a third of Americans believe biological males who identify as transgender should be allowed to compete on girls’ sports teams.
Another poll in October 2019 found that Americans said by a 57-20 margin that male athletes who self-identify as transgender have competitive advantages over female athletes.
Biological males who identify as transgender have racked up accomplishments in female athletics.
Franklin Pierce University runner CeCe Telfer, for example, won an NCAA DII women’s track championship in May 2019.
Telfer is a biological male who identifies as transgender and previously competed on the university’s women’s team.
University of Montana runner June Eastwood, a biological male who identifies as a transgender woman, was named the Big Sky Conference’s female athlete of the week in October 2019.
Like Telfer, Eastwood also competed on the university’s men’s team before switching to the women’s team.