| January 15, 2020 09:44 AM
A bill proposed in the New Hampshire statehouse would limit participation in women’s sports to only biological females and has sparked accusations of discrimination from advocates for transgender rights in the state.
“I am a commonsense mom and a woman, and I don’t have to put quote marks around it,” Victoria Galla said during a public hearing on House Bill 1251, according to the Union-Leader. “When I hear people put quote marks around it, that is insulting to me as a woman. If you are endorsing transgender kids, you are endorsing child abuse.”
Proponents of the bill argued allowing biological males to compete in womens sports is unfair and takes spots on school teams away from women.
“My bill is about one thing: saving women’s sports,” Rep. Mark Pearson, the bill’s sponsor, said. “My bill is designed to protect hard-striving female athletes from possibly losing a place on a podium, setting records, or, possibly, college scholarships.”
The participation of transgender or gender fluid students in high school or college sports has sparked debates about access, equality, and fairness across the county.
Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, wrote on the issue in his new book complaining about political correctness in America. The first son cited an incident in which Fallon Fox, a transgender mixed martial arts fighter, fractured bones in the face of a competitor.
“This wasn’t just a man who wanted to run races in lanes next to women,” Trump Jr. said. “This was a man who was losing bouts to other men, so he decided he wanted to beat up women instead. He used his big hands to beat Brents into an early technical knockout. There is no universe in which that should be acceptable, nor is there anyone who can argue that it was a fair fight!”
In New Hampshire, the state legislature voted last year to outlaw discrimination based on gender identity.
“Values of inclusion and diversity and developing concepts of teamwork and understanding are the overriding goals,” Jennifer Frizzell, policy director for the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, said during Tuesday’s public hearing. “I feel there are some myths that might be created that people change their gender identity just to change sports teams.”