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.
“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).
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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.”
— Click here to read the Mat-Su School Board’s proposed policy change.
— Click here to contact Mat-Su School Board members.
— Click here for information on how to participate in the June 1 Mat-Su School Board Meeting.