A few notes on women and girls who are trans in sports. There is a relentless effort to situation trans people as a threat to cis people in sport and elsewhere. There simply is no threat.
The foundation of these arguments are based on two dangerous and faulty premises. First, that men and boys are always better, stronger, faster and more skilled than women and girls. Second, that sex categories are binary, fixed and easily identifiable at birth.
Both of these premises are rooted in misogyny and white supremacy. The interest behind these narratives is not in "protecting women" but rather protecting the power of the state to control people's bodies and constrain people's identities.
Women and girls who are trans have been competing in women's sport at every level of competition all over the world for decades. There is simply NO dominance of trans women athletes because the myth of biological superiority is just that - a myth.
Our bodies are extremely varied and experience shows that precious few trans people participate in sports at all and those who do have a range of abilities (just like cis people).
Though dozens of states are gearing up to ban women and girls from sports at the K-12 and collegiate level just because they are trans and are doing so under the deceptive rubric of proposed laws like the "Save Women's Sports Act", they do not care abt women's sports.
Not one lawmaker who is pushing these bills - conceived and drafted by far-right groups like ADF, Heritage and ALEC - has ever pushed for financial investment in women's sports, equal pay for women athletes, development of women's coaches.
Every major women's rights organization including @nwlc and @WomensSportsFdn opposes these laws. Elite women athletes like @mPinoe and @Candace_Parker oppose these laws. You can read about their opposition here: aclu.org/sites/default/… and here: aclu.org/sites/default/….
These bills are simply the evolution of the long-term strategy to ban trans people from equal educational opportunities and to cultivate the idea that being trans is itself a threat.
In litigation against the one anti-trans sports bill that passed last year - Idaho's HB 500 - proponents of the bill argued in court that the law in fact "protected" trans people because we are better off being forced into our assigned sex.
At core, proponents of these laws support the eugenic impulse to stop people from being trans altogether. If you have a reflexive concern about the integrity of women's sports when trans people participate, it can be helpful to pause and learn the history here.
There is nothing close to trans dominance in athletics but there is a long history of state power being used to control the bodies of all women and weaponize notions of bodily purity and coherence to punish anyone who does not conform to binary norms of sex difference.

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14 Jan
Women and girls who are trans participate on women's teams and as such these teams remain women's teams. Sex separation does not end.
Women and girls who are trans are biological women and girls.
In the few instances when men and boys seek to participate on teams for women and girls, they *do not* claim to be women or girls. The practical and legal questions are different.
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12 Jan
Wednesday’s hearings have been delayed. This gives us more time to keep up the pressure! Sign-up to phone back here: theneat.org/mt.html
If you are in Montana, contact your reps and tell them you oppose HB 112 and HB 113. Here are some resources from @TheChrisMosier. transathlete.com/take-action
Folks in Montana: To contact your rep ☎️ 406-444-4800 and ask to leave a message with the House Judiciary Committee and your representative.
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11 Jan
I expect we will soon see at least 15 states attempting to criminalize or otherwise ban health care for trans young people (under 18, and sometimes, under 21!). These bills are incredibly, dangerous, misguided & part of a larger project to enforce binary norms of sex difference.
The bill language is different in every state but the goal is to punish parents and doctors who affirm trans youth people - and ultimately, to hurt trans youth and try to stop us (trans people) from being trans.
Lawmakers and other supporters of these efforts attempt to cast treatment for trans people as "dangerous" "experimental" and "unethical". None of this is true. Every major medical association in the US supports this case. The American Academy of Pediatrics...
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On Wednesday, Montana will be the first state to hold hearings on dangerous anti-trans bills in 2021. We need your help! The House Judiciary Committee will be voting on HB 112 and HB 113 (links below). These bills bar trans people from sports and ban health care for trans minors.
HB 112 is a carbon copy of Idaho's HB 500 which has been preliminarily enjoined because the court found it likely violated the Constitution and was passed due to animus and not because of any important gov't objective. leg.mt.gov/bills/2021/bil…
HB 113 is a ban on health care for trans youth. It would punish doctors for treating trans young people consistent with the standards of care. It would immediately jeopardize trans lives. leg.mt.gov/bills/2021/bil…
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2 Dec 20
I need people to understand how terrifying and sad and scary what is happening in the UK is for trans young people there and for trans people around the world. Please read and raise all the alarms that you can.
Yesterday a court ruled that trans youth under 16 and possibly all trans minors likely cannot consent to gender-affirming care even where they (1) request the care; (2) have the support of their parents or guardians; and (3) their doctor deems it necessary.
Though the decision will be appealed, as a result of the court ruling puberty suppression care that young people have been receiving and care that they have been waiting for potentially for years has begun to be cut-off and appointments cancelled.
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1 Dec 20
There is a very aggressive effort in the UK and the US to end care for trans youth. The escalation is leading to high profile litigation and legislation that will lead to care being cut off in extremely dangerous ways.
We have a responsibility to counteract these narratives in every way that we can. That means building support for trans existence generally, validating trans youth every day, and working to minimize medical gatekeeping for everyone.
Here is what is happening in the UK as of today: bbc.com/news/uk-englan….
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