Thomas Gallatin / June 3, 2021

Women Athletes Find a Friend in DeSantis

In Florida, high school and college women’s sports will allow only biological females to compete.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has done what South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem failed to do — protect women by standing up against the Rainbow Mafia’s “transgender” bullying. On Tuesday, DeSantis signed into law a bill that protects girls’ and women’s sports in the Sunshine State.

Explaining his motivation, DeSantis noted, “I think as these bills were going through various legislatures, I remember the NCAA put out a statement saying, ‘Any state that enacts this, we’re not going to hold events there.’ And so I called the speaker of the House in Florida and I said, ‘Did you hear what they said?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘We definitely got to get this done.’”

In what might be best described as a veiled rebuke of politicians who have caved under pressure from the “woke” mob, DeSantis asserted, “You can’t be cowed by these organizations, or particularly by woke corporations from doing the right thing. And so my view was throughout this whole time, we have to protect our girls. It is discriminatory to force them to compete against biological males. And so if the price of having a tournament is that I have to deny equal opportunity to hundreds of thousands of young girl and women athletes throughout Florida, I am much more willing to stand with the girls. And to hell with these events.” Now that’s backbone.

DeSantis’s decision was praised by women’s rights activist Selina Soule, who as a track athlete in high school in Connecticut lost out on several championship opportunities to two biological males. The two young men were allowed to compete in girls’ sports on account of their declared “gender identities” and combined to win 15 Women’s Championship titles over three years while setting 17 women’s state track records.

In signing The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, DeSantis noted the importance of collegiate sports to both men and women. “[Sports] took me to college,” he said. “It’s taken many of our girls to college, to be able to get an education and to compete. We believe that it is very important that the integrity of those competitions are preserved.”

The bill delineates that a student athlete’s gender will be defined by his or her “biological sex based on the student’s official birth certificate at the time of birth.” Furthermore, the bill allows for a student to sue a school should it permit a “transgender girl” (read: a biological male) to compete in a sport intended for biological girls. DeSantis explained that this was included in the statute to “vindicate the rights of any women athletes who may be discriminated against.” He added, “Moving forward, any student who’s deprived of an athletic opportunity as a result of a violation of this law will have a right to civil remedies.”

Thankfully, high school and college girls in Florida now have protections in place to guard their sports from exploitation and abuse by the Rainbow Mafia. Maybe DeSantis’s actions will encourage others, like Governor Noem, to boldly take a stand.

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