In an effort to maintain fairness in athletic opportunities for girls, the Mat-Su School Board is looking to amend its policy to ensure that transgender biological males who identify as female cannot compete on all-girls sports teams or events.

Transgender sports

“Requiring the designation of separate sex-specific athletic teams or sports is necessary to maintain fairness in athletic opportunities for women,” a proposed change to the board’s policy states. “Significant biological and physiological differences between males and females, including greater strength, speed, and endurance capabilities among males on average, provide a competitive advantage to male athletes in sports; and having separate sex-specific teams furthers efforts to promote sex equality…”

The proposed changes will be introduced at the school board’s June 1 meeting, but no action can be taken until June 15. The policy would apply to elementary, junior high and high schools.

“It is the intent of the School Board to preserve an even playing field in school athletic programs within the district, to maintain opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their strength, skills, and athletic abilities, and to provide female athletes with opportunities to obtain recognition and accolades, college scholarships, and the numerous other long-term benefits that result from participating and competing in athletic endeavors,” the proposed policy change states.

Across the nation, gender-confused biological males are increasingly shattering women’s athletic records and dominating the competition.

If passed, every Mat-Su school that competes against other schools would need to designate its athletic teams or sports as either for males, females or co-educational.

Students who participate in sports designated for girls would need to be a female based on their biological sex at birth, and a birth certificate may be used to establish this.

The Mat-Su proposal comes just two weeks after a handful of Republicans in the Alaska Senate joined Democrats to defeat a bill by Sen. Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer) that aimed to establish a statewide law protecting girls’ athletics from males who may personally identify as female.

After multiple and lengthy public hearings and committee assignments, Hughes’ Senate Bill 140 was ultimately defeated on May 17 when five Republicans in the State Senate helped Democrats block the measure. Republicans voting to kill the bill were, Click Bishop (Fairbanks), Josh Revak (Anchorage), Bert Stedman (Sitka), Gary Stevens (Kodiak) and Natasha von Imhof (Anchorage).

The Alaska School Activities Association, which governs all statewide competitions, allows each school to create its own rules when it comes to letting biological males compete in girls-only sports. Several school districts, including Anchorage and Fairbanks, have used this allowance to permit males to participate in females sports. This creates the potential for unfair athletic advantages during regional or state championship competitions.

Across the nation, gender-confused biological males are increasingly shattering women’s athletic records and dominating the competition. Multiple studies have repeatedly demonstrated  that males who identify as transgender far outperform women in athletic events. A recent study in Sports Medicine showed that even transgender hormone drugs have a very minimal impact on the physical advantages of strength, speed and endurance that biological males enjoy.

Efforts to protect girls sports have faced stiff opposition from hard-leftist groups like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and LGBTQ activist organizations, all of which ascribe to radical notions about so-called “gender fluidity.”


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Mat-Su looks to protect girls’ sports from transgender biological males

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • J W says:

    Are sports men can win by injecting testosterone (or even better by just being biologically male and masculine) really “women’s” sports? Or is this whole female sports thing just feminists LARPing as men? I remain puzzled why conservatives defend female sports at all. Myself, I’m waiting for feminists to demand their own chess league, as men are about as superior to women at chess as most physical sports,. The whole thing seems silly, and I sure never thought I would see the day when conservatives were defending women’s sports, while feminists support transgendered men LARPing as women.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    I appreciate the effort by the Matsu School board but the womens teams in our Matsu schools could or will still encounter males on the playing fields across the state. The whole attempting to eliminate gender thing is insanity, and as JW points out above, essentially cognitively inconsistent, as ‘feminist’ groups seem to have joined in with the wacky wickedness of forcing the admittance men onto womens sports teams with intent of denying any gender, essentially obliterating womens sports that for decades have been very hard fought for. Well this is all evil and the intentional blurring of the lines of what God has created. The whole distorted gender mess is God hatred.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Who would have ever thought that Gender was up for debate?
    Men have a penis.
    Women have a vagina.

  • Diana Kuest says:

    When Shelley Hughes was having coffee one morning, her constitutes decried “foul” on those nasty
    trans” persons who won because of bigger, stronger, faster and funnier type competitors. Shelly and her constitutes all cried and planned and cried and planned. With a little “lobby” money, a new thought was created. It took “Good Ole Shelly” two years but “she got it done.” The jest of the bill was “let’s take away the rights of those trannies” just to see where it goes. Maybe the little girls will stop crying and be happy again and Moms and Dads won’t have to put up with the crying and complaining. Makes a person wonder how did those women in life become generals, admirals, fighter pilots and warriors or CEOs of companies and even presidents of countries or prime ministers and leaders. I bet their competitors were bigger, stronger, faster and funnier but they weren’t the winner. The winner just had better purpose and determination in that competition without a bill that Shelly Hughes conjured up to take away the rights of kids who are opponents.