In Louisiana, the Fairness in Women's Sports Act passed the Republican-controlled state legislature and became law following Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards's agreeing to not approve or veto the measure. “Whether it's intended or not, the effect is to [send] a strong message to at least some of these young people that they shouldn't be who they think they are, who they believe they are, who they know that they are,” Edwards stated on Monday. ” I find that troubling. I believe we are more than this.”
The law argues that men possess inherent advantages in physical fitness over women in sports, including “strength, speed, and endurance.” It also suggests that the much-hyped hormone therapy can’t do anything to diminish the advantages men have in physical fitness.
LGBTQ advocates naturally decried the law as transphobic. “SB 44 is a direct attack on transgender youth that are trying their best to just be kids, and fit in with and play alongside their peers,” declared the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). “Trans kids, like all kids across the country, have said themselves that they play sports for the same reasons all kids do: to be part of a team, to learn discipline, and above all, to have fun with their friends.”
According to a recent poll, the majority of Americans strongly oppose transgender surgery for children and blocking puberty for minors. The poll was conducted in conjunction with OnMessage Inc. for the American Principles Project (APP) and surveyed six Senate battleground states, including Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and New Hampshire, and discovered that transgender radicalism has never been a winning issue for Democrats.
When asked if they would be in favor of blocking hormones and puberty for sex-change procedures for minors, half of the respondents answered yes, and 34 percent said no. “A little over a third of those respondents identified as Democrats, while 37 percent identified as Republicans, and just under a quarter identified themselves as Independents, according to the survey by the American Principles Project Foundation,” Fox News stated about the survey. “In another poll, participants were asked if they were in favor or opposed to children being forced into sexual change. About 63 percent of respondents said that their children were not old enough to make the choice,” the outlet added. “Around 22 percent of respondents believed that opposition to gender transitioning was transphobic.”
Recently, the transgender golfer Mianne Bagger, a man who lives as a woman, won the record-setting event of the Women's Australian Open after transitioning in 1995, declaring it “utter rubbish” that “male-bodied” transgender athletes are allowed to compete alongside female athletes in professional sports. “Male-bodied people presenting as women, who live as women, with varying degrees of medical intervention and in some degrees, no medical intervention, which is just—it's crossed the line, in my view, it really has… It's a slap in the face to women,” Bagger told News.com.au.