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Female athletes and advocates for women’s sport spoke out in Washington, D.C., on Biden’s proposed changes to Title IX, on the rule’s 50th anniversary.
The Biden administration on Thursday proposed new regulations, which would incorporate gender identity into the law’s protections, “strengthen[ing] protections for LGBTQIA+ students who experience discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” according to the Department of Education.
Riley Gaines, a Kentucky swimmer who tied transgender swimmer Lia Thomas for fifth at the NCAA championships, said Fox News Digital Biden’s proposed new rules were “a complete 180 for worse.”
“Rewriting Title IX and redefining what sex is is taking away everything sex has stood for over the past 50 years, and everything women have fought so hard for, like fairness and fairness, and equal opportunity,” she said. “It destroys that and the integrity of women’s sports will be completely lost and a thing of the past.”
BIDEN PROPOSES NEW RULES TO SOLIDIFY ‘GENDER IDENTITY’ PROTECTIONS IN SCHOOLS UNDER TITLE IX
Chelsea Mitchell, a former high school athlete who lost four state championships and two New England awards to biologically male competitors, told an Our Bodies, Our Sports rally that the problem is “all young women who dream of competing”.
“We should have the opportunity to excel and pursue our dreams, and that can only happen if we can compete on equal terms,” she said, noting that on the 50th Title IX anniversary, women are protesting because they don’t know if Title IX protections will last “another 50 years.”
Mitchell’s mother, Christy Mitchell, told the rally that it was “difficult to find the right words” to comfort Chelsea when she repeatedly lost to biologically male competitors.
CHRISTY MITCHELL: TITLE IX 50TH ANNIVERSARY – IN THE BATTLE OVER TRANSGENDER ATHLETES IN SPORT, TEENAGE GIRLS PAY THE GREATEST PRICE
“I hope my daughters don’t have to explain to their daughters why winning is impossible,” Christy continued.
Former presidential candidate and Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard said at the rally, “It is the height of hypocrisy that as we stand here today there are those who claim to be feminists who claim to be champions of women’s rights, who are at the very beginning, at the same time, simultaneously denying that we exist, denying the fact that there is a woman biologically distinct from man.”
Gabbard added that Biden’s actions “aim to erase the entire female gender and dismiss the objective reality that there are biological and physiological differences between men and women. This is the height of disrespect, disrespect, offense and what is at bottom a hatred for woman.”
Outside the rally, held to mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX, protesters waving transgender flags whistled and banged on pots and pans in an attempt to drown out speakers.
INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES HAVE THE DOOR OPENED BY TITLE IX FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Former Connecticut high school track athlete Selina Soule in a meeting with Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., on Wednesday said she was forced to compete against biological men for the four years from high school and had lost “every time clear in the 100-meter sprint.”
“Our goal is to ensure that no other little girl has to go through the pain and heartache that we have felt,” she added. “It’s demoralizing to go to those races and know that whatever you do, you’re going to lose. That all the hours you’ve spent training are essentially for naught.”
Gaines said her advice to young female athletes who might be forced to compete against biological men is to “stick to it, use your voice.”
“If it’s something you care about, use your voice, it’s important, it’s something that needs to be dealt with, with volume, with some weight,” she added. “Certainly the more voices the better, it’s important to expose who the silent majority is, i.e. the people who understand this is wrong and who can exercise common sense. rather than just defining sides.”
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Title IX, enacted in 1972, prohibited discrimination based on sex in schools receiving federal funding. He stated that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of gender, be excluded from participation, denied benefits, or discriminated against in connection with any program or activity. of education receiving federal financial assistance.”
House Republicans introduced legislation in 2021 that would ban those designated male at birth from participating in women’s sports. In April, GOP lawmakers signed a petition to compel the House to vote on the bill.
Fox News’ Hannah Grossman contributed to this report.