NCAA Confirms It Will Not Hold Events In States That Ban Transgender Students from Women’s Sports

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The NCAA issued a statement on Monday in which they confirm they will not hold events in states with bills that ban transgender students, biological men, from competing in women’s sports.

The ACLU thinks so.

Statement from NCAA Board of Governors: April 12, 2021

The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports. This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition.

“The NCAA has a long-standing policy that provides a more inclusive path for transgender participation in college sports,” the statement said. “Our approach — which requires testosterone suppression treatment for transgender women to compete in women’s sports — embraces the evolving science on this issue and is anchored in participation policies of both the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport. Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to ensuring that NCAA championships are open for all who earn the right to compete in them.”

When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected. We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants.

The New York Times claims, however, that the NCAA actually stopped short of a confirmation. The Times reached out to the organization and a spokesman responded in an email which read: “The Board of Governors continues to monitor the situation and has not made final decisions about the future of championships, Michelle Hosick, a spokeswoman for the N.C.A.A.”

The Times minimizes an NCAA action taken in 2016. After the state of North Carolina passed a law restricting restroom access for transgenders, the NCAA responded by pulling planned 2017 events out of the state.

I suppose it all boils down to the definition of environments that are safe, healthy, free of discrimination, welcoming and respectful of all participants, found in the last paragraph of the NCAA statement. I think it’s safe to say the NCAA has already made up its mind.

The timing of this statement is interesting too. It comes on the heels of the Major League Baseball commissioner’s decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia over that state’s new voter ID requirement. And just days after 100 corporate leaders gathered virtually to settle on a strategy to fight restrictive voting laws.

This may just be the start of a new Democratic strategy to beat state legislatures into submission. To “shake them down” until they stop passing laws the Democrats don’t like.

Although Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress, they do NOT control the state legislatures.

According to Ballotpedia:

The breakdown of chamber control after the November 2020 election is as follows:

  • Democrats: 37 chambers
  • Republicans: 61 chambers
  • Power sharing arrangement between the two parties in Alaska: 1

“As of April 8, 2021, Republicans controlled 54.27% of all state legislative seats nationally, while Democrats held 44.91%.”

The Democrats want to consolidate power. All power. Republican control of the majority of statehouses and state senates is getting in their way. And they will do everything in their power to stop that.

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