Women’s rights are considered a third-rail political issue on the left. Unless, of course, this tramples on LGBTQ+ rights, which clearly trump’s the former in the Democratic Party’s perpetually aggrieved pecking order.
This being something Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, found out really quickly when the outgoing lawmaker dared to make an effort to protect female athletes by clarifying Title IX protections for them based on biological sex.
In today’s mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world, where girls will be boys, and boys will be girls, trying to prevent males-at-birth from participating in women’s sports is sure to result in a militant pushback — NCAA rules let transgender athletes compete in women’s sports, prompting complaints of unfair advantages for biological males.
Gabbard joined with Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., to introduce The “Protect Women’s Sports Act,” which recognizes the different abilities conferred by biological sex — Title IX protects against sex discrimination in education programs or activities that receive federal funding.
NEW: Hawaii Rep. @TulsiGabbard introduces bill called ‘Protect Women’s Sports Act’ — would clarify Title IX protections to be based on biological sex, which would impact transgender athletes participating in athletic programs for women and girls @KITV4 pic.twitter.com/VcDDgO1mFL
— Tom George (@TheTomGeorge) December 10, 2020
The bill would make it a violation for institutions that receive federal funding to “permit a person whose biological sex at birth is male, to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls.”
“Title IX was a historic provision championed by Hawaii’s own Congresswoman Patsy Mink in order to provide equal opportunity for women and girls in high school and college sports,” the congresswoman said in a statement. “It led to a generational shift that impacted countless women, creating life-changing opportunities for girls and women that never existed before.”
“However, Title IX is being weakened by some states who are misinterpreting Title IX, creating uncertainty, undue hardship, and lost opportunities for female athletes. Our legislation protects Title IX’s original intent which was based on the general biological distinction between men and women athletes based on sex,” Gabbard continued. “It is critical that the legacy of Title IX continues to ensure women and girls in sports have the opportunity to compete and excel on a level playing field.”
In June, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision extending discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community, ruling that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, also includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
“Title IX was designed to give women and girls an equal chance to succeed, including in sports. Allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports diminishes that equality and takes away from the original intent of Title IX,” Mullin explained. “As the father of three girls involved in athletics, I want them to be able to compete on a level playing field. I am proud to lead this bill that will safeguard the integrity of women’s sports and ensure female athletes can compete fairly.”
But fairness and a level playing field are subjective matters for the radical left.
And Gabbard, a veteran of two Middle East deployments, who ran in the Democratic presidential primary during the 2020 election cycle and dares to challenge the Party establishment, is quick to draw their ire.
An interesting response seen online was to claim that Gabbard is really a Republican at heart.
Just because she’s willing to employ common sense sometimes, criticize her Party, and reach across the aisle to work with the GOP doesn’t mean she’s a conservative — Gabbard did endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, after all.
Here’s a sampling of the responses to the story from Twitter:
Tulsi Gabbard: assigned Republican at birth. https://t.co/KLZmL2VFpy
— Sen. Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) December 11, 2020
Glad her grift is finally coming to fruition. I’ve been saying it all year, Tulsi Gabbard is Russian Asset a.k.a Republican.https://t.co/Ys91r7U2lZ
— 😷 💫 Ťrïshă Mött-Bøønĕ 💫 My President Biden 💫😷 (@Trishamott) December 11, 2020
She’s not gone yet? Time for her to join the GOP where mean and cruel is their Prime Directive.
— Cassandra Marshall (@CTMinDE) December 11, 2020
Tulsi Gabbard: bigot by choice
— Valley Gay (@GayValley) December 11, 2020
She’s clearly a Republican since she’s also a Putin stooge. I wonder if the state of Hawaii realizes she’s not actually a Democrat.
— joshuacrime (@joshuacrime) December 11, 2020
This is one of the few people I have seen recently in politics who to me seem to have absolutely no redeeming qualities to speak of…
— njevancik (@nevancik1) December 11, 2020
Tulsi, please. If you’re in your final days as a member of Congress, and you choose to spend that time introducing bills that are blatantly anti-trans and anti-choice, you’re in the GOP.
— Maggie Smith (@maggiesmithpoet) December 11, 2020
It’s not a stretch to say @TulsiGabbard is a danger to trans children, as she’s now introduced legislation targeting trans kids in sports. It always starts with “reasonable concerns” but ends at restrictions on medication and insistence upon giving conversion abuse a chance.
— Dr. Emmy Zje ☃️ (@Emmy_Zje) December 11, 2020
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