Last week, Franklin Pierce University track runner CeCe Telfer, a biological male who identifies as transgender, took home an NCAA Division II women’s championship in the 400 meter hurdles, besting the other female competitors by more than a second. Telfer had been competing as a man as recently as January 2018, but now running as a woman, the athlete delivered FPU its first track and field national title, as well as a great deal of controversy.
By now, the stories of biological men competing in — and dominating — women’s athletic competitions are distressingly familiar. Indeed, recent headlines have been increasing: “Male Runners Continue Dominating Girls’ High School Track In Connecticut.” “Biological Male Wins World Championship In Women’s Cycling.” “Transgender Weightlifter Scores Medals At World Championships.”
Fortunately for female athletes, President Trump and his administration have proven to be staunch defenders of women’s sports, even as Democrats have worked to undermine them.
Shortly after his election, the president rescinded an Obama-era “guidance” letter, which had threatened the nation’s public schools with a loss of funding if they did not open their girls’ sports teams, as well as bathrooms, locker rooms, and other private facilities, to biological males who claim to identify as female. And earlier this year, the White House announced its opposition to the “Equality Act,” a Democratic bill which would write the above Obama policy into national civil rights law.
2016: Craig Telfer is ranked 200th
2017: Craig Telfer is ranked 390th
2018: Craig Telfer ‘transitions to female’
2019: CeCe Telfer is national championhttps://t.co/KHXaIjhYvo pic.twitter.com/Uoy72PCqkR
— Adam Ford (@Adam4d) May 31, 2019
But while the Trump administration’s moves have undoubtedly helped stem the tide, they have not stopped some states from eviscerating women’s sports on their own, creating a blatantly unfair playing field for many girls unlucky enough to grow up in regions of the country ruled by leftist ideologues. In order to ensure female athletes have the same opportunities nationwide, more aggressive action is required.
President Trump should take a page from his predecessor’s playbook and issue his own guidance letter asserting the importance of schools having separate athletic teams based on biological sex.
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