Updated: Feb 15
The hashtag #BidenErasedWomen began trending on social media Thursday in response to President Biden’s executive order “preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
The executive order protects transgender individuals against discrimination in schools, health care, the workplace, and other areas of life. The executive order also mandates that all educational institutions receiving federal funding must permit biological males to join female sports teams, use women’s locker rooms and restrooms, and be eligible for women’s scholarships.
“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” the executive order states.
“Adults should be able to earn a living and pursue a vocation knowing that they will not be fired, demoted, or mistreated because of whom they go home to or because how they dress does not conform to sex-based stereotypes. People should be able to access healthcare and secure a roof over their heads without being subjected to sex discrimination. All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation,” the order further states.
Although many have come out in support of the executive order saying it shows the administration's value for "inclusion," others believe that President Biden is "erasing women."
At the 2019 Connecticut Indoor Track & Field State Championships, Selena Soule finished one place away from qualifying for finals and the chance to go after a qualifying spot at the New England Regional Championships in the 55-meter dash. The first and second spots in the race were taken by two biological males that identified themselves as females.
“Just like my fellow competitors, I race to win. But that’s virtually impossible now in an unlevel playing field.” Selina Soule, Glastonbury athlete
On February 12, 2020, Soule filed a federal lawsuit under Title IX to protect females' equal athletic opportunities. She stated that she opposes transgender athletes competing in women's sports because of their biological advantage.
In March 2020, Idaho became the first state to bar transgender women from competing in women's sports. Lindsay Hecox, who is transgender, challenged the law saying it violated the 14th amendment.
President Biden's executive order further directs agencies to enforce federal laws that prohibit sex discrimination, discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender identity-consistent with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This will include, but is not limited to, employment, education, housing, health care, etc.
The question remains open for schools regarding transgender athletics – how do you stay inclusive, compete safely, and provide a fair competition?
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