Women’s rights groups back transgender athletes competing in female sporting events

Women’s rights groups back transgender athletes competing in female sporting events


On the first day of his administration, President Biden issued an executive order saying student-athletes should compete under the sex they identify as.

His action spurred a tug of war, pitting those who oppose allowing transgender women to compete in women’s sports against those who support it. 

Some of the nation’s largest and oldest women’s rights groups were quick to establish which side of the line they fall on, declaring that transwomen rights are women’s rights and drawing questions about whether they are backing what some say is an uneven playing field.

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“As courts and scientists overwhelmingly have stated, transgender girls and women are girls and women,” the National Organization for Women (NOW) said in a statement following the House’s passing of the Equality Act. “Unfortunately, transgender girls’ and women’s participation in school sports consistent with their gender identity has become a cudgel used to attack the [Equality] Act.”

The Equality Act would ban all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. But while

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