Although leftist politicians and pundits continue to advance the narrative that there is essentially no difference between a biological female and a male who identifies as transgender, there is a growing pushback from a sizable segment of the population.
Most notably, female athletes have begun to stand up in larger numbers against what they see as a clear and unfair advantage that trans athletes have against them.
While some Republican-led states have implemented bans meant to protect girls and women from competing against biological males, states like Vermont have no such restrictions in place.
One Christian school in that state has made its position clear, however, by forfeiting its spot in girls’ basketball tournament instead of forcing its female athletes to compete against a team with a transgender player.
“We believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players,” said Mid Vermont Christian School head Vicky Fogg. “Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.”
She noted that the school has asserted its “statutory and constitutional right to make decisions based on its religious beliefs,” including with a letter filed last year that informed the Vermont Agency of Education that it would be unable to comply with certain mandates.
Vermont Principals’ Association Assistant Executive Director Lauren Thomas said she pointed to the group’s “inclusivity statement” when fielding concerns from schools across the state regarding biological males playing on girls’ teams.
One local fitness trainer who is familiar with the situation wrote an op-ed in which he explained why the school’s decision to forfeit makes sense to him.
Using male pronouns to refer to Rose Johnson, the transgender player in question, Aaron Warner wrote: “In one game he had seven blocked shots. That means seven shots, typically closer to the basket so much more likely to go in, were blocked by the guy who is taller than every other girl on the floor, can jump higher and likely is significantly stronger. In what world is this even remotely fair to other Vermont Division IV girls?”
Public opinion on biological men competing in girl's sports is so bad for trans activists that the Transgender Law Center didn't even release the results of their poll.
No matter how the question was asked, they lost the debate. pic.twitter.com/iadBMMrA7Y
— American Principles 🇺🇸 (@approject) December 30, 2021
In June, a Washington Post-University of Maryland survey indicated that most Americans do not support allowing transgender athletes “to compete in sports with other women and girls.”
On a professional and college level, 58% of respondents said trans athletes should be prohibited, compared to 55% who said the same of high school sports and 49% who believe trans athletes should be prohibited from competing in youth sports leagues.