Later this week, the agency that governs high school athletics in Minnesota will allow a statewide policy to allow transgender students to play on eithers boys’ or girls’ team, despite some opposition.
The controversial new policy has been heralded as a positive change by groups like the LGBT Sports Coalition. However, the Minnesota Child Protection League, which has been criticized as an anti-LGBT group, has argued the policy could lead to the end of separate boys’ and girls’ teams as well as the end of separate locker rooms. The organization even ran an ad in The Minneapolis Star Tribune opposing the policy.
The ad features a softball player who loses her position on an all-girl team to a man.
“Her dreams of a scholarship shattered, your 14-year-old daughter just lost her position on an all-girl team to a male…and now she may have to shower with him,” the ad reads. “Are you willing to let that happen?”
The ad suggests that those who are against the policy contact Minnesota State High School League Executive Director David Stead and insist that “transgender politics” shouldn’t be directing Minnesota athletics.
The Federalist writer Stella Morabito argued that the policy will no longer account for sex differences and ultimately abolish girls’ and boys’ sports.
“In this scheme, there would be no accounting for sex differences in high school sports on the field or in locker rooms, bathrooms and hotel rooms,” Morabito wrote. “It forbids any camaraderie rooted in the biological reality of one’s sex, or any consideration of the reality of the opposite sex.”
Morabito added that the policy would essentially be a crime.
The LGBT Sports Coalition argued in favor of the new policy, noting that at least 15 states allow transgender youth participation in team sports at the K-12 level and that there have been no problems with the policies to date.
The policy will go into effect beginning December 4.