It’s a confusing world. Now, you have to navigate which pronouns someone prefers or whether they consider themselves a man or a woman. All around the country, transgender women like Cece Telfer, who previously competed as a man yet won the NCAA women’s track national championship in 2019, are disrupting the integrity of women’s sports. While most Democrats are OK with this, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has stepped up to keep men from participating in women’s sports.
Gabbard has introduced the Protect Women’s Sports Act alongside Republican Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin. The bill aims to take federal funds away from schools that allow boys and men to compete in women’s sports events in an effort to create “a level playing field.”
Telfer isn’t the only transgender athlete to shake things up in women’s sports. The NCAA allows transgender women to compete after they have completed a year of testosterone suppression treatment but doesn’t set upper limits on testosterone levels following the treatment. The International Olympic Committee allows transgender women to compete in women’s events if their blood testosterone levels have been under 10 nanomoles per liter for a minimum of a year. For reference, a premenopausal woman’s testosterone levels are generally around 1.7 nanomoles per liter. This is a massive difference.
But testosterone isn’t the only factor to consider. Men typically have larger bone structures, better long capacity, and other distinct advantages. Gabbard says that “It’s a fact, biological males hold a physical advantage over biological females when it comes to sports.” It’s that science that Gabbard says compelled her to cross the aisle to protect the integrity of women’s sports.
Though Democrats are attacking her for alleged hatred of the LGBTQ community, the fact is that men can not compete on a level playing field with women no matter how much testosterone they suppress.
Tulsi has always been one of the more reasonable people on the Left. Gabbard was the only Democrat to not vote for impeachment in the sham attempt to force Donald Trump from office. “I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country,” she said at the time.
It’s unclear how much support Gabbard’s bill will receive, but it’s good that some on the Left are still sane.