Transgender females banned from sports

Lesley Moreno, Reporter

Lesley Moreno 

An unpleasant  bill to terminate transgender females from participating in womens sports has passed on February 26, 2020. Barbara Ehardt told east Idaho news “Boys and men will not be able to take the place of girls and women in sports because it’s not fair. We cannot physically compete against boys and men. The inherent biological, scientific advantages that boys and men have over girls and women, even if they were to take hormones, even if they were to spend a couple of years on estrogen, that’s not going to replace the inherent biological advantages that boys and men have.” Barbara Ehardt has been working on this bill for 18 months and says it has nothing to do with being against LGBTQ rights, it is just simply unfair to have biological men playing on a girls team.”  “ It would bar any transgender girl or women from playing on a team that matches their gender identity. Transgender boys and men would not be affected.”

 As of right now transgender girls and women can play sports with the exception of being on testosterone supression drugs for at leats one year.  If you are even a suspect of being a transgender girl or women you will have to verify your gender by having a physical examinatation of your genitals and even blood and chromosomal testing. 

Athletes, how do you feel about this? Do you think just because you have discovered the person you want to be  you should be banned from doing something you are passionate about? Is it fair or is it hurting athletes from pursuing their dream? 

   Kevin Lara (11) a junior here at Skyline has a few words to say about this. “I feel like it’s not right.. Just because they are themselves doesn’t mean you shouldn’t let them participate in sports.”  You might also know Kevin Lara as Valentina or Daisy, Laura says she is still experimenting with names, and her name just depends on how she is feeling that day.  

Lara says “ever since i was a little kid i would always  play with dolls and be different…I’ve always acted like a girl.” She considered herself “me”  ; she doesn’t like to put labels on herself. Lara says her family and friends are very supportive of her for reaching above and beyond to discover her true self.