Every House Democrat but one has co-sponsored a bill that requires schools to allow female sports teams to compete with male athletes who identify as transgender girls.
The Democrats ‘ Equality Act would be amended to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” protected by federal anti-discrimination law. The bill would force public schools, among other things, to expand female athletic teams to include biological males identifying as girls of transgender.
In a written testimony submitted to a House subcommittee on Tuesday, Sarah Warbelow, director of the left-wing Human Rights Campaign, praised the bill’s impact on high school sports.
“Opponents of equality in athletics for transgender athletes have argued that girls who are transgender have unfair physiological advantages over cisgender girls and as a result, will dominate women’s competitive sports,” Warbelow wrote, calling it not “rooted in fact” that biologically male athletes will outperform their female counterparts.
Chairman of the House Judiciary Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, made a similar argument during an April 2 hearing on the legislation held by his committee.
“Many states have sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination laws, and all of them still have women’s sports. Arguments about transgender athletes participating in sports in accordance with their gender identity having competitive advantages have not been borne out,” Nadler said in his opening statement.
Two male runners dominated the high school track of girls in Connecticut, one of the states to which Nadler referred. A female competitor called “demoralizing” the advantage of the male runners.
Julia Beck, the head of a self-described feminist radical organization, testified against the bill.
Beck said in her testimony of April 2 that the Democrats ‘ bill would lead to a male invasion of female spaces, including on the athletic field. “Men are going to dominate the sport of women,” she warned.
Of the House’s 235 Democrats, 234 co -sponsored the law. (This does not count the non-voting representatives of Washington, D.C. and Puerto, who also signed on as co-sponsors.)
Reps. New York’s John Katko and Pennsylvania’s Brian Fitzpatrick are the only House Republicans to co – sponsor the bill. The only pro – life Democrat left in the House, Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, is also the only one in his party that does not co – sponsor the Equality Act.