Gov. Mike Dunleavy has joined 24 fellow Republican governors in asking the Biden administration to rescind its proposed rule change to Title IX that would prohibit any policies which “categorically” bar self-identified transgender students from participating on sports teams of the opposite sex.

The letter, signed on May 12, comes just 10 days after the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA), which oversees high school athletic competitions in Alaska, refused to bar gender-confused biological males from competing in girls’ sports, unless compelled to do so by the state. Pressure is now on Dunleavy’s Department of Education to change current state regulations to compel the ASAA to change its bylaws governing high school sports.

Recent attempts to protect girls’ sports have failed to pass through the Alaska Legislature. Led by Sen. Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer) the legislation has died in committee.

But across the nation, many other states have passed laws barring transgender students from participating on sports teams that are inconsistent with their biological sex.

“Finally, defending the many hard-fought, athletic achievements over the last half century is far more than a matter of safety for female athletes. It also protects essential fairness.”

The governors’ letter, sent to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, argues that the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulation change should be withdrawn because it coerces “compliance with an uncertain, fluid, and completely subjective standard that is based on a highly politicized gender ideology.”

The governors letter blasted the proposal as a gross overreach of federal power.

“Leaving aside the Department’s utter lack of authority to promulgate such a regulation, neither states nor schools should be subjected to such a fluid and uncertain standard,” the letter states. “Nor, most importantly, should the historic advancements and achievements of our sisters, mothers, and daughters be erased.”

The governors argue that the Biden administration’s changes not only cause confusion for schools, but it is also coercively threatens to withhold federal funding for schools that don’t comply with a “completely subjective standard that is based on a highly politicized gender ideology.”

“Most troubling, the proposed regulation would turn the purpose of Title IX on its head and threaten the many achievements of women in athletics,” the governors’ letter states. “The proposed regulation lacks foundation in established law. It includes terms not found in Title IX in an attempt to expand Title IX’s clear language beyond Congress’ intent.”

The 1972 Title IX actually prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex alone, and applies to all schools, universities and other educational entities that accept federal funding. The intent is to expand opportunities for biologically female athletes.

“The plain language used in Title IX does not allow the sweeping rewrites of Title IX that the Department persists in seeking,” the governors argue. “It is undisputed that Title IX prohibits discrimination ‘on the basis of sex.’”

By expanding “sex” to include “gender” the governors maintain that the Biden Administration has introduced a fluid and shifting notion that compels schools to adopt a “subjective, athlete-by-athlete analysis controlled by a student’s self-identified ‘gender identity.’”

“This ‘fluid’ subjective standard ensures chaos and confusion in schools and will no doubt result in protracted and disruptive litigation,” the letter argues. “Finally, defending the many hard-fought, athletic achievements over the last half century is far more than a matter of safety for female athletes. It also protects essential fairness.”

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Dunleavy joins GOP governors in asking Biden to ditch plan that threatens girls’ sports

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.


  • Friend of Humanity says:

    So, Dunleavy is wanting to support girls only in girls sports; then, without us knowing, he’ll be supporting Zink to expand her Fouchie powers. Watch!

    • Neil A DeWitt says:

      When are the people of Alaska going to say enough? This whole WOKE CRAP has gotten out of hand. It’s time to give it up liberals. You should know males regardless of there warped thinking don’t belong in females bathrooms or locker rooms. It’s just not right. Would your wife or daughter want a male starring at them when in the bathroom or taking a shower. Oh wait maybe they would. They have no morals. The governor and if our legislators has any morals would stop this from happening.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    I’ve said this many times, wait you can read about it too in the Bible.
    God created Man And Women end of story.
    Sorry about the truth, I’m speaking to all of you freaks out there. All you want is your 5 minutes of fame. Get a life wake up before it’s to late.

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    Gender-confused biological males can be cured of their gender dysphoria, which is a mental illness. Conversion counseling will do the job. Appeasement only enables their illness to continue to affect and infect others. The atheists/Marxists/leftists as usual perceive something to be a problem which isn’t a problem, and then stupidly pressure us us to conform to the insanity, but, the “emperor still has no clothes.” and there IS an elephant in the room that needs to get out.
    Ruining girls’ sports is a “cop out” and very WRONG. Yes, there is a wrong and a right.
    This confusion is just what it is meant to be—-confusion— to create more chaos.

    As far as our legislature not helping Senator Hughes support girls’s athletics programs for girls only, through legislation, It looks like the DC swamp is also in Juneau. If you have watched Swiss Family Robinson, you know what can be at the bottom of a swamp: snakes and alligators. The snakes are in our Senate and they act like an extension of the snakes in the Senate in Congress…
    By the way, what happened to the feminist movement with feminists sticking up for women’s rights? Where did that go?


  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Hey dunleavy you punk, when will you put up here locally! You sicken me!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Did Dunleavy’s article about the Carbon offset get scrubbed? I am sure I saw it here on the AK Watchman site.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Alaskans will suffer the wort hogs nose under the tent thanks to dunleavy lifting the seams. Our children will inherit dunleavy’s asinine incompetent actions while he departs for Costa Rica!