By AlaskaWatchman.com

While the closely divided Alaska Legislature does not have the votes to protect girls’ sports from biological males who claim to be female, the Alaska School Activities Association just might.

At its May 1-2 meeting in Valdez, the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) Board of Directors will vote on whether to amend its bylaws to clarify that biological males cannot take part in girls-only athletic events or competitions in Alaska.

Currently, the ASAA operates under a 2016 policy that relies on each individual school to make a “gender determination” regarding a student. ASAA then goes along with whatever the school decides, which means biological males sometimes compete against girls and on girls teams. Anchorage and Fairbanks are the two largest districts that allow for this, while the Mat-Su expressly prohibits biological males from competing on all-girls teams.

A recent resolution by the State Board of Education asked the Department of Education and Early Development to require the ASAA to change its policy relating to divisions based on biological sex.

Under the new proposal, Alaska would have two divisions, one exclusively for biological girls and another that was open to boys and girls, meaning girls could try out for and possibly compete on traditionally male teams.

The bylaws can be amended by a simple majority vote of the eight voting members on the ASAA Board of Directors.

Any changes would become effective in 30 days, and would impact statewide athletics for the coming school year.

TAKING ACTION

— The May 1-2 ASAA meeting is open to the public. Those who wish to make public comments should email board@asaa.org by noon on April 27. Public comments will begin at 9:15 a.m. on May 1 and may be made by calling 1-253-215-8782 and entering the meeting ID: 854 0563 4005 # then entering the passcode: 099491.

— Public comments are limited to three minutes per speaker. Those wishing to speak should begin by stating and spelling their name.

— If you can’t give public comments, click here to sign a petition in favor of protecting girls’ sports.

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DEADLINE NEARS: Alaskans must act fast to protect girls’ sports from 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.