Pennsylvania bill banning transgender girls from female sports creates controversy – CBS Pittsburgh
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Rep. Valerie Gaydos, a Republican from the Moon, and several female colleagues have introduced a bill prohibiting transgender women in Pennsylvania from playing on women’s sports teams.
The bill is controversial and has been denounced by others as discriminatory.
“I was assigned a male at birth, and I always knew there wasn’t something for me,” Beechview’s Maria Montano said Tuesday.
Montano played boys’ sports in high school.
“I did run. I ran the 800. I did the mile, the 2-mile. I did cross country, and throughout high school I was very competitive. I qualified for the state high school championships, ”Montano said.
After college, Montano underwent medical treatment to become the woman she thought she was. If she had done this sooner, a Gaydos-sponsored bill would have kicked her out of the girls’ track team.
“This legislation does not prohibit transgender people from playing sports,” Gaydos told KDKA political editor Jon Delano. “What he does is make sure that if you’re a biological boy, you play on the boys’ team. If you are a biological girl, you play on the girls’ team. “
Gaydos says he heard from parents worried that transgender girls are stronger than biological girls.
“It’s really a matter of security. The reality is that organic men, no matter how much hormones you take or hormone therapy, they will always have a physical advantage, and there are studies that show it, ”Gaydos says.
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Nonsense, says Montano.
“Trans women have been allowed to participate in the Olympics openly since 2004 – and how many trans women have qualified for the Olympics since 2004? Zero, ”says Montano.
“This is a bill looking for a problem that just doesn’t exist,” said Pennsylvania Rep. Jessica Benham, Democrat for South Side Slopes.
Benham, the first open bisexual in the state legislature, calls this bill a political coup.
“This is an example of stigma and discrimination against trans people. That is what it is at the end of the day, ”says Benham.
“Allowing biological boys and men to play against women is actually unfair to women,” Gaydos insists.
Currently, as with high schools, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association allows a school principal to decide a student’s gender, while the National Collegiate Athletic Association allows a transgender woman to play on a women’s team. after a year of hormones.
Gaydos’ bill has been referred to the House education committee. Governor Wolf has already threatened to veto him if he passes the legislature.