Proposed policy would define gender according to birth certificates for athletic participation.
The governing body for Texas high school sports has proposed a policy that LGBT advocates say would effectively bar transgender students from participating in athletics.Â
Under the University Interscholastic League’s proposed policy, a student’s gender would be determined by their birth certificate for the purposes of joining sports teams.Â Few transgender youth have changed gender markers on their birth certificates, an expensive process that requires a court order.Â
Asaf Orr, staff attorney for theÂ Transgender Youth Project at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, told The Texas Tribune that theÂ proposed policy “absolutely bars trans kids from playing sports.”Â
Paul D. Castillo, staff attorney for Lambda Legal, told The New Civil Rights Movement he believes the proposed policy runs afoul of Title IX of the U.S. Education Code. The Department of Education has said that Title IX’s prohibition against sex-based discrimination applies to transgender students.
“UIL should be focused on encouraging equal opportunity for transgender athletes, not erecting barriers that preclude transgender students from enjoying athletic competition,” Castillo said. “High school athletics and other extracurricular programs are part of a comprehensive curriculum and the focus should be on enabling participation â€” not restricting it â€” for all students.”
The proposed policy also runs counter to a national trend of allowing transgender youth to participate in athletics according to their gender identity â€” amounting to a step backward for Texas while the rest of the nation moves forward.Â
The UIL’s 32-member legislative council opted not to vote on theÂ proposed policy Monday, instead leaving the decision in the hands of superintendents from member districts, but recommending that theyÂ approve it.Â
According to the UIL, the proposal reflects what is already its general practice. The UIL prohibits discrimination based onÂ disability, race, color, gender, religion or national origin when it comes to athletic participation. However, the athletic director for North East school district in San Antonio told Fox 29 the proposed policy would make clear that gender identity is not covered under the nondiscrimination policy.Â
Funk said current UIL policy explains what types of teams boys and girls can join, “butÂ nowhere in this does it define what’s a girl and what’s a boy.”
According to the NCLR’sÂ Orr, 15 states and the District of Columbia allow transgender youth to participate in athletics based on their gender identity. The NCAA also does so.
“Transgender women display a great deal of physical variation, just as there is a great deal of naturalÂ variation in physical size and ability among non-transgender women and men,” the NCAA’s transgender inclusion manual states. “Many people may have a stereotypeÂ that all transgender women are unusually tall and have large bones and muscles. But that is not true. AÂ male-to-female transgender woman may be small and slight, even if she is not on hormone blockers or takingÂ estrogen. It is important not to overgeneralize. The assumption that all male-bodied people are taller, stronger and more highly skilled in a sport than all female-bodied people is not accurate.”Â
Orr also dismissed common fears that transgender girls would be far better players than those born female. Â
“We are not getting these hulking guys claiming to be girls dominating sports,” Orr told the Tribune. “IfÂ we do see strong transgender athletes, itâ€™s because they’re superstar athletes; It’s not because they’re transgender.”
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‘I’m Broke’: One Day Before Shutdown and With No Plan McCarthy Says He Has ‘Nothing’ in His ‘Back Pocket’
Just 30 hours before his own Republican conference likely will have succeeded in shutting down the federal government of the United States, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy candidly admitted to reporters he’s run out of ideas.
Earlier Friday in an “embarrassing failure,” 21 House Republicans killed legislation from their own party, a short-term continuing resolution, that would have kept the federal government open.
Later on Friday afternoon, swarmed by reporters, McCarthy was asked if he was going to tell them what his plans are. He sarcastically replied, “No, I’m going to keep it all a secret.”
When pressed, he said he would “keep working, and make sure we solve this problem.”
“What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?” another reporter asked, pressing him for an answer.
“Nothing right now. I’m broke,” he admitted, apparently referring to options and ideas to avoid a shutdown.
But another reporter asked Speaker McCarthy the main question: Would he partner with House Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries to put the Senate’s bill before the House.
He refused to answer.
After Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) failed House vote to keep the federal government open…
Reporter: “What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?”
McCarthy: “Nothing right now. I’m broke.” pic.twitter.com/pB2SWhOSVr
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2023
Just before 5 PM CNN’s Manu Raju reported on the ongoing House Republicans’ closed-door meeting with the Speaker, a meeting where the 21 Republicans who will likely be effectively responsible for the shutdown reportedly did not attend.
“McCarthy is telling [Republicans] now there aren’t many options to avoid a shutdown, according to sources in room. He says they can approve GOP’s stop-gap plan that failed, accept Senate plan, put a ‘clean’ stop-gap on floor to dare Democrats to block it — or shut down the government.”
He adds, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) largely responsible for the impending likely shutdown and the impending possible ouster of McCarthy said: “We will not pass a continuing resolution on terms that continue America’s decline.”
At midnight Saturday Republicans will likely have succeeded in furloughing 3.5 million million federal workers – two million of them service members in the U.S. Armed Forces – and countless contractors, while financially harming untold thousands of businesses that rely on income from all those workers to keep running – unless Speaker McCarthy puts a bipartisan continuing resolution approved by at least 75 U.S. Senators on the floor, legislation every House Democrat is likely to vote for.
Should he do so, many believe he will have also signed his own pink slip.
But whether or not the government shuts down, and whether or not McCarthy puts the Senate’s CR on the floor, according to The Washington Post the far right extremists in his party are already moving to oust him “as early as next week.”
The Biden campaign is making certain Americans realize the blame for the impending shutdown sits at McCarthy’s feet.
Here is Kevin McCarthy a few months ago praising the deal he made with President Biden to avert a government shutdown, which he is now reneging on pic.twitter.com/B4rVNzNXkZ
— Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) September 29, 2023
At 6:23 PM Friday evening, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman wrote on social media: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PLAN TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN.”
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‘Bad News’ for Sidney Powell as First Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia RICO Case Takes Plea Deal: Legal Expert
“Under the terms of an agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, Hall pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit computer theft, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, and conspiracy to defraud the state,” NBC News reports. “Under the terms of the deal, he’s being sentenced to five years probation.”
CNN previously reported “Hall, a bail bondsman and pro-Trump poll-watcher in Atlanta, spent hours inside a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office when voting systems were breached in January 2021. The breach was connected to efforts by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists to find voter fraud. Hall was captured on surveillance video at the office, on the day of the breach. He testified before the grand jury in Fulton County case and acknowledged that he gained access to a voting machine.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a professor of law and frequent MSNBC contributor, says Hall “was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell on Jan 7 for the Coffee County scheme involving voting machines. If he’s cooperating, it’s a bad sign for her.”
Hall’s plea deal “spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell,” says former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU Law professor of law. Goodman posted a graphic showing the overlap in charges against Hall and Powell, which he called “alleged joint actions.”
With breakthrough for Georgia DA (@TamarHallerman reporting: “SCOTT HALL has become the first co-defendant in the Fulton election interference case to take a plea deal with prosecutors.”)
That spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell.
Example of alleged joint actions.👇 pic.twitter.com/odMM5C7JtX
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 29, 2023
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Far-Right Republicans Kill GOP Bill to Keep Government Running in ‘Embarrassing Failure’ for McCarthy: Report
With a shutdown less than 36 hours away, far-right Republicans in the House of Representatives Friday afternoon voted against their party’s own legislation to kept the federal government running. Democrats opposed the content of the bill and voted against it. Just 21 far-right members of the GOP conference were able to effectively force what appears to be an all but inevitable shutdown at midnight on Saturday.
“HARDLINE HOUSE RS take down stopgap funding bill. 21 GOP no votes. 232-198,” reported Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman just before 2 PM Friday.
NBC News reported that a “band of conservative rebels on Friday revolted and blocked House Republicans’ short-term funding bill to keep the government open, delivering a political blow to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and likely cementing the chances of a painful government shutdown that is less than 48 hours away.”
“Twenty-one rebels, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a conservative bomb-thrower and a top Donald Trump ally, voted Friday afternoon to scuttle the 30-day funding bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, leaving Republicans without a game plan to avert a shutdown. The vote failed,” NBC added. “The embarrassing failure of the GOP measure once again highlights the dilemma for McCarthy as his hard-liners strongly oppose a short-term bill even if it includes conservative priorities. It leaves Congress on a path to a shutdown, with no apparent offramp to avoiding it — or to quickly reopen the government.”
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