Female athletes are beginning to fight back against the imposition of biological males in their sporting categories.
Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, Alanna Smith and Ashley Nicoletti all filed a lawsuit last year against an athletics organisation for allowing two male runners to compete in their competition.
Linnea Saltz, Haley Tanne and Chelsea Mitchell are stepping up their activism as each have “been negatively impacted by policies allowing biological males who identify as females to compete on women’s sports teams”.
Saltz was first impacted during the summer of 2019.
Her coaches at Southern Utah University told her that an athlete at a competing university who previously competed as a male would be competing as a female.
“I immediately read through the NCAA Gender Inclusion Handbook,” she recalled. After reviewing the handbook, Saltz discovered that “there wasn’t a lot of regulation, there wasn’t a lot of jurisdiction, there was … a lot of leeway.”
“There was a lot of ambiguity in the sense that it didn’t seem as if there was a real strict protocol in terms of how these kinds of athletes would be able to compete within the NCAA,” Saltz recalls.
Saltz reached out to the NCAA, telling them that the organization needed to update its protocols. In response to her concerns, the NCAA sent Saltz an e-mail informing her that “the rules are as they are and that isn’t going to change.”
“I competed against a biological male, and our relay team lost,” she recounted. “During the competition, it was seen that the coach was telling the athlete to slow down during the race as they were winning by a pretty large margin.”
The NCAA only requires trans athletes to be on hormone therapy for 12 months prior to changing categories, “they can then come back and compete in the opposite gender category with no … continuous testing, with no marks of certain estrogen or testosterone levels or anything of that nature”.
The NCAA falsely claim in their handbook that “any strength and endurance advantages a transgender woman arguably may have as a result of her prior testosterone levels dissipate after about one year of estrogen or testosterone-suppression therapy”.
The British Journal of Sports Medicine debunked that myth finding that “even after a year of hormone treatments, trans-identified males still maintain an advantage over biological females in sports. The study also revealed that trans-identified males remained 12% faster than the average biological females of similar ages two years after taking hormones”.
Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, commended Saltz and the other female athletes for speaking out.
“Until women, the real victims here, speak out, little will change. Trans activists behave like bullies, threatening to cancel anyone who opposes their radical agenda. Male and female categories exist in sport because of the scientifically proven advantages males have. Appropriating womanhood does not change those advantages and the scientific facts remain. Women’s sports must be protected.”