United States: a text against transgender athletes allows an examination of the genitals on children

“Across our country, female athletes are losing championships, scholarship opportunities, medals, education and training opportunities and more because of discriminatory policies,” justified the Republican State Representative Jena Powell, at the origin, in February 2020, of this text aiming, according to her, “to ensure that every little girl can achieve her athletic dream in Ohio.” “We cannot allow the girls’ dreams of being a gold medal athlete to be dashed by biological men stealing their opportunity”she added. “This bill ensures that every little girl who works hard to make it to the podium doesn’t have her chance robbed by a biological male.”

In the crosshairs of the Republican-dominated Ohio House of Representatives is Lia Thomas, who attends the University of Pennsylvania, the neighboring state. On March 17, she became, at age 22, the first transgender swimmer to win a university title by winning the women’s 500-yard freestyle (about 457 m) in Atlanta, Georgia. His victory, by more than a second and a half, had caused a lot of water to flow. Part of the public, where the families of his opponents were present, was annoyed, judging that Lia Thomas benefited from an unfair physiological advantage. The debate was then transposed to the political sphere, arousing anger and criticism from conservative leaders.

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