Various entities across New York could earn a gold medal in gymnastics for all the back-bending they’re doing to accommodate transgender students.
Particularly concerning are new guidelines to be voted on later this month, which would allow boys to play on girls sports teams and vice-versa.
Via Democrat & Chronicle:
Transgender boys and girls in high schools across New York soon could find it easier to compete on either the boys or girls teams, whichever aligns with their gender identity.
New York is by no means the first state to take action, but the Empire State would be among the most inclusive, experts say. Guidelines to be voted on later this month — setting out procedures for a biological male who transitions to female to try out for and play on a girls team and vice versa — ask schools to obtain minimal documentation on a student’s gender identity. A note from a parent, guardian or medical professional will do.
According to Robert Zayas, executive director for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, the guidelines being voted on will accommodate “1o to 12” known transgender student-athletes.
The state Board of Regents also released new guidelines that would simply allow students to decide what bathroom or locker rooms they want to use.
Via the Times Union:
One issue that has come up centers on the type of bathrooms or locker rooms that transgendered kids would use. The answer is to simply let them decide. In some cases, the student might request a separate bathroom or changing facility and in that case it should be granted. In other cases, putting up a privacy curtain has sufficed.
Allowing boys to compete on girls sports teams and vice-versa based on ‘minimal documentation,’ and allowing a student to simply choose which bathroom or locker room, flies in the face of claims made by one upstate school that had already adopted transgender accommodations last year.
In that case, the Shenendehowa School District claimed that any student requesting a bathroom or locker change would have to show documentation of medical or psychological therapy, as well as an official copy of a birth certificate demonstrating a name or gender change.
According to the Board of Regents, and should the new student-athlete guidelines be adopted, a note from a parent would suffice to force the change.
One only need look at a recent MMA sporting event to see the inherent dangers of allowing biological males to compete in female athletics.
Last month a transgender “female” athlete brutally injured her opponent during a bout. ‘Her’ opponent suffered “a damaged orbital bone, which required seven staples, and a concussion.”