by Peter Fernandez
Six Dr. Seuss books are now blacklisted, probably never to be published again in the Uptight States of America. It seems that Dr. Seuss, tennis great Martina Navratilova and Vermont female athletes may soon have something uncommon in common.
Proudly and openly gay, Navitrolova was the darling of LGBTQ circles, until March 2019 when she said, “Letting men compete simply if they change their name and take hormones is unfair—no matter how those athletes may throw their weight around. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.”
For this opinion, Navratilova was hounded by the LGBTQ nonprofit groups, Sports Safe, and Athletes Ally until giving a public apology a month later. Had she not confessed her “regressive” sins to the Politically Correct social media gods, Navratilova would have been cancelled by multiple sponsors, and her membership to The International Tennis Hall of Fame probably withdrawn.
In Vermont, longtime radical feminist Peggy Luhrs has come under fire from transgender advocates for making arguments similar to Navratilova’s, albeit not only in the arena of athletics. “Do you believe that male sexed people should have the right to undress and shower in communal changing room with teenage girls (#TheStanilandQuestion),” Luhrs reportedly wrote in a social media post. “This will be the result if the ‘Equality Act’ passes. Equality is in scare quotes because this act will be the end of equality for women who want boundaries, privacy, safety or their own spaces in shelters etc.”
The original Equality Act passed May 17, 2019 by 233 Democrats as a bill in the US Congress may have sounded like a good idea, but like so many other Dem-sponsored proposals, it was not. Since it was amended to 1964’s Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation, gender identity in public accommodations, employment, federal funding, jury selection and credit, Everybody is protected, right? No. It is already creating chaos and personal heartbreak for female athletes from high school up.
Your daughter may be an outstanding high school wrestler or track & field athlete, and her dream is to be a state champion, but when a boy, who identifies as a girl, sprouts pig tails, receives hormone treatments, and beats her in the tournament, it’s a tragic story. “Well, you know, Abbie, life just isn’t fair,” you might vacuously say by her sobbing bedside.
According to CBS News, there are 150,000 American teens who identify as transgender, and most, if not all, have been diagnosed with “gender dysphoria.” GD is a condition in which each child believes and feels that he/she belongs to the opposite sex.
Selina Soule, now 20, is a cisgender (identifies with birth gender) member of the Charlestown College (South Carolina) women’s track&field team. But in 2019, Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, biological boys who identify as girls, ran faster than her in a Connecticut high school tournament. Because of this, Soule didn’t qualify for the 55 meter race, her best event, in the New England Regionals. In 2020, her parent filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Today, she is recognized by millions, since appearing twice on The Tucker Carlson Show, but has been scorned as a transgender-phobe by the liberal media. The Southern Poverty Law Center has branded The Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious non-profit group, an anti-LGBTQ “hate group” for defending Soule and unnamed athletes. “No one in the state of Connecticut is happy about this, but no one has enough courage to speak up,” Soule told Fox News’ Carlson in February. “There have been countless other female athletes in the state of Connecticut, as well as my entire indoor track team. We missed out on winning the state open championship because of the team that the transgender athlete was on.”
This is also a difficult issue for the trans-athletes, as they are simply following their adolescent dreams, seeking social acceptance and athletic/academic success, but are viewed by many as male interlopers, or cheaters, in girl’s sports. “I don’t like other people telling you what you can do in life,” said Yearwood, then competing for Bloomfield High School.
Soule’s case challenged the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, and a number of school boards with transgender-inclusive guidelines. Last year, the federal Board of Education threatened to withhold funding to such schools, but President Trump lost the election. On January 20, Biden issued an executive order that, in effect, will usher in transgender rights, irregardless of the consequences for cisgender, or biological, girl athletes.
Since 2013 pre-operative and post-operative transgender Vermonters can change gender markers on state-issued documents, including birth certificates and driver’s licenses. Single-user public bathrooms in our state have been required to be marked gender-neutral since Governor Scott signed this bill into law, July 1 2018.
According to LGBTMap.org, the percentage of Vermont adults who are LGBTQ, 5.2%; Total population, 30,000; Percent LGBT workforce, 6%; Total LGBT workers, 19,000; Percent of LGBTQ adults raising Children, 23%. The largest transgender populations exist in Florida, Texas, California and New York. The smallest reside in Vermont.
Peter Fernandez, of Northfield, is the author of a children’s book. Thumbnail photo credit gcn.ie