After listening to roughly two hours of public hearings on a proposal to prohibit biological males who identify as female from competing against high school girl athletes, the Alaska Board of Education unanimously voted on June 8 to move the proposal to a 30-day public comment period.

Once the public comment period opens, Alaskans will be able to email the education board regarding their thoughts about the proposed regulation changes. After the public comment period ends, the Department of Education and Early Development will either adopt the proposed regulation changes without further notice, or decide to take no action. The language of the final regulation may be different from that of the proposed regulation. Before becoming law, a review of regulations is done by the Department of Law, after which the package is sent to the Lt. Governor’s Office for a final inspection. The regulation becomes effective 30 days after the Lt. Governor signs off.

If adopted, the proposed changes would direct the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA), which oversees high school athletic competitions in Alaska, to bar gender-confused biological males from participating in female-only competitions. It would also require the ASAA to offer a co-ed division, in which girls could attempt to compete against males if they choose to do so.

Currently, each individual school is allowed to make a “gender determination” regarding a student’s sex. ASAA simply accepts – without challenge – whatever each school determines, which means gender-confused biological males who claim to be female have been allowed to compete against girls. 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.

Bob Griffin, who serves on the State Board of Education, said the June 8 public hearing and written comments were overwhelmingly in favor of prohibiting biological males from competing against girls.

The hearing, he said, was punctuated by a number of female athletes who spoke in favor of the proposal due to the unfair physical advantage that males have when it comes to athletic competition.

“People understand that this is not fair to our girls,” Griffin said. “We don’t make any judgements towards how people choose to express themselves, but this is clearly an issue of fairness.”

While some who oppose the change said transgender athletes are not currently dominating girls sports, Griffin said part of the education board’s role is to address issues before they become problematic.

“It is our responsibility to anticipate potential problems, rather than wait until it is a problem,” he said.

Griffin noted that testimony and emails shared during the June 8 meeting will not be included in the materials gathered once the 30-day public comment period begins. In order for those perspectives to be included, they must be resubmitted. The Watchman will alert Alaskans when the public comment period opens.


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Plan to protect AK girls’ sports from biological males advances to public comment period

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:

    A month-long? Are they going to tally? Every single Alaskan Conservative, Christian, and humanity loving person needs to send their email in to share their thoughts.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      It’s a no brainer boys play on boys teams, women play on women teams end of story

      Create your own freak show teams have fun

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    ‘Knowledge is Power’ Randy Kelton, James Tracy and Sean/SGT Report

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Seattle Longshoremen are shutting down the Port of Seattle apparently. Hope you are stocked up on food.

  • Concerned Citizen says:

    Read Genesis! God created man and woman, period. XX chromosome female…XY chromosome male. No surgeon can cut and paste and change that…only the seriously deranged would believe otherwise. Sports must reflect this reality!

  • Betty Harris says:

    I agree with the above …quote “Create your own freak show teams have fun”
    Stated VERY well. Girls for girls and boys for boys team. Why is it so hard to understand. It is written in the Bible, easily read, God created a Man and a Woman. Thank you.

  • Doro says:

    I agree. I know and so does everyone know that it’s female and male. That is the way each person comes into the world – male or female. Let’s be clear and let’s be firm and declare females only play in girls/women’s sports.

  • Larry Wood says:

    There was a reason the Greeks stopped ‘co-ed’ sports at puberty. There is no GI Jane and women are not competitive against male athletes. Golly, those who say that they are transgender females are hardly athletes, not even JV, yet they take all the awards. Time to end the superwoman myth and put things back to GOD’s Plan for man.