Donald Trump has lashed out at President Biden over the Equality Act bid.
The House passed the act last week. It would outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender identification and sexuality.
Trump slammed the decision, saying it would allow transgender women to compete in women’s sports.
He claimed young women have been complaining to him, and says “it’s not good for women”.
‘Young girls and women are incensed that they are now being forced to compete against those who are biological males. It’s not good for women, it’s not good for women’s sports, which worked so long and so hard to get where they are,” he insists.
However, the bill still needs Senate approval before it can become law.
Supporters of the bill insist it is an essential and positive step, that will enshrine LGBTQ protections in law.
The act would update and amend existing civil rights law.
It would mean a person’s sexuality or gender identity cannot be used against them. This includes for employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas.
Many critics and Republicans in particular fear it would allow people born male into women’s spaces. Trump was discussing it at CPAC – the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Inez Stepman is the senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum. She wrote in the The Wall Street Journal: ‘In Connecticut, two biologically male athletes won a combined 15 girls state championship races, allegedly taking opportunities for further competition and scholarships from female runners in June 2019.”
Trump used the same argument this weekend, stating: ‘The records that stood for years, even decades, are now being smashed with ease. If this is not changed women’s sports as we know it will die.’
In the Senate, 60 votes will be needed to overcome procedural hurdles.
Democrats are trying to revive the act now that they have control of Congress and the White House. It comes after Republicans previously blocked it under Trump.
Trump continued: ‘You know, for years the weightlifting, every ounce is like a big deal for many years. All of a sudden somebody comes along and beats it by 100 pounds. We must protect the integrity of women’s sports. So important.’
Lauren Boebert, the representative for Colorado, agreed: ‘Why are we changing the culture of the entire country around and wrecking sports for 0.42% of the population?’
Several high profile sports stars have spoken out against the act. Tennis ace Martina Navratilova and four-time Olympics gold medalist runner Sanya Richards-Ross are just two.
They both argued in a 2019 op-ed that the bill would ensure ‘there will always be significant numbers of boys and men who would beat the best girls and women in head-to-head competition.’
In the article, they wrote: ‘We support transgender women and girls and their right to equality, and we recognize their personal struggle. We don’t worry that boys and men will feign transgender identity to gain an advantage.’
‘But we do hope that lawmakers won’t make the unnecessary and ironic mistake of sacrificing the enormously valuable social good that is female sports in their effort to secure the rights of transgender women and girls.’
The battle is getting personal in politics.
Earlier last month, Marie Newman, a Democrat representative for Illinois, tweeted a video of herself placing a transgender flag outside her office.
Her daughter is transgender, and Newman said she did it to get back at Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Greene responded with a video of her own in which she puts up a sign that reads: ‘There are Two genders: MALE and FEMALE. ‘Trust The Science!’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was unimpressed with the exchange.
‘It breaks my heart that it is necessary, but the fact is, and in fact we had a sad event here even this morning, demonstrating the need for us to have respect,’ Pelosi said, at one point pausing and taking a deep sigh. Not even just respect, but take pride, take pride in our LGBT community.’
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