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Boys To Compete on Girls' Teams if Beto's New Plan Goes into Effect

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On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke unveiled his official stance on the issue of “LGBTQ+ Equality.”

O’Rourke’s plan includes passing the controversial Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ultimately protecting “sexual orientation and gender identity” under anti-discrimination laws, according to The Daily Caller.

In addition, the Equality Act will mandate that biological males who identify as transgender women must be able to participate in female-only athletics.

And this particular initiative has many people worried.

Former professional female athletes Doriane Coleman, Martina Navratilova and Sanya Richards-Ross are among those who take issue with the Equality Act and recently published an op-ed in the Washington Post that warned of the looming consequences.

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“The legislation would make it unlawful to differentiate among girls and women in sports on the basis of sex for any purpose. For example, a sports team couldn’t treat a transgender woman differently from a woman who is not transgender on the grounds that the former is male-bodied,” the women wrote.

“Yet the reality is that putting male- and female-bodied athletes together is co-ed or open sport. And in open sport, females lose,” they concluded.

This has already been put to the test in February when two high-school transgender females crushed the women at their school’s track meets, The Daily Caller reported.

One of the female competitors, junior Selina Soule, said that the allowance of biological male runners is unfair and demoralizing.

Should transgender women be allowed to participate in female-only sports?

“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” Soule said. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”

While O’Rourke has expressed his approval of the Equality Act and LGBT agenda, he has yet to comment on instances where the sports careers of young women are hurt by these progressive policies.

In fact, some Democrats seem to be refusing to even acknowledge that incidents like these have even occurred.

In an April committee hearing, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler stated that the Equality Act wouldn’t put female athletes at a disadvantage.

“Many states have sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination laws, and all of them still have women’s sports. Arguments about transgender athletes participating in sports in accordance with their gender identity having competitive advantages have not been borne out,” Nadler said, according to The Daily Caller.

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Democrats will learn the hard way that blindly bending to the will of the LGBT movement will hurt many people and groups that never wanted to be a part of this culture war in the first place.

And that’s particularly true for young female athletes who just want a fair race.

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Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance journalist and writer. He began reporting news and writing commentary during the 2014 Ferguson riots. Prior to that, he worked as a web editor and columnist for an award-winning local newspaper.
Ryan Ledendecker plunged headfirst into news reporting and political commentary while on the ground during the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He later wrote extensively on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and election.

When he's not writing, Ryan spends time improving his barbecue skills. He has his own brand of BBQ rub and is a trophy winner in the world of competitive BBQ.
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St. Louis, Missouri
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