Caitlyn Jenner supports NY county’s ban on trans women competing on women’s sports teams

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former olympic gold medal champion caitlyn jenner Supporting New York County’s ban on girls’ and women’s sports teams, including transgender athletes, from using the county’s public facilities, saying transgender athletes should not be able to compete in women’s sports .

“Trans women are competing against women, taking away valuable opportunities for a class long protected under Title IX, and causing physical harm,” Jenner said Monday at a meeting with the Nassau County executive in Mineola, New York. Said at the press conference. bruce blakemanWho signed the executive order on February 22.

Jenner, 74, who won the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Olympics, came out as a transgender woman in 2015 and has been a vocal critic of trans women competing in women’s sports since 2021. Since 2020, half of the states have passed laws or rules that ban trans student athletes from competing on female school sports teams, according to the Movement Advancement Project, an LGBTQ think tank.

one in post on x On Saturday, Jenner said she felt compelled to speak out on the issue as a trans woman to show that “this is biology, this is not about exclusion or not being tolerant.”

In an interview with NBC News, David Kilmnick, president of the New York LGBT Network, an LGBTQ nonprofit in Long Island and Queens, called Jenner’s support for the order a “shocking contradiction to her own identity.” He said he feared that a high-profile athlete throwing his support behind Blakeman’s ban could contribute to the bullying of trans youth.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, both Democrats, have spoken out against the ban, and Republican Blakeman has accused Blackman of intimidating transgender youth.

James challenged the order in court on March 1 with a “cease and desist letter”, demanding that Blakeman rescind the order, arguing that it violates state anti-discrimination laws. In it, he called the order “transphobic” and said it subjects women’s and girls’ sports teams to “aggressive interrogation.”

Blakeman’s legal team filed its lawsuit on March 5, alleging that James’s “cease and desist” letter violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

“The executive order was not only legal, but we had an obligation to defend it,” Blakeman said Monday.

Blakeman has defended the ban — which covers more than 100 county-owned facilities — as necessary to protect cisgender girls and women from injuries while playing sports. The measure does not apply to men’s sports teams.

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Nassau County last week, alleging that Blakeman’s executive order discriminates on the basis of gender identity.

The NYCLU is representing the Nassau County Women’s Roller Derby League, which welcomes trans women and will be barred from using the county’s facilities by Blakeman’s executive order.

Former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner (Adam Gray/Reuters)

Former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner (Adam Gray/Reuters)

“Trans people who play sports need support and affirmation, not to become political targets,” NYCLU attorney Gabriella Larios said in a statement. “Nassau County’s reprehensible effort to bar them from public spaces is a blatant violation of our state’s civil and human rights laws.”

Blakeman said Monday that the same legal team that defended against James’ “cease and desist” letter will fight the NYCLU’s lawsuit.

Kilmnik of the New York LGBT Network said that athletic governing bodies should be free to set their own standards, not the government, on questions of how and whether trans women should compete against cisgender women.

“It’s very dangerous when the government starts putting restrictions on groups of people and telling them what they can and can’t do,” Kilmnik said. “We have already walked that path in our history, and it is dangerous to repeat it.”

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