US Sec of Education Miguel Cardona – Trans Athlete Rights are “non-negotiable”

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona told ESPN that transgender girls have a “right to compete” and suggested that the Biden administration will step in to protect those students’ civil rights, as multiple states enact legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s sports.

On June 1, the first day of Pride Month, Florida became the eighth state to ban transgender athletes from girls’ and women’s competitions. In a wide-ranging interview on issues related to sex discrimination and athletes, the new leader of America’s school systems addressed the bans and said it was “non-negotiable that we’re going to protect the civil rights of all students,” setting up a possible showdown between federal civil rights enforcement and local control in education.

Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

Cardona was the commissioner of education in Connecticut prior to joining President Joe Biden’s cabinet and said his experience there “strengthened my resolve” to stand behind transgender athletes.

“It’s their right as a student to participate in these activities. And we know sports does more than just put ribbons on the first-, second- and third-place winner,” he said. “We know that it provides opportunities for students to become a part of a team, to learn a lot about themselves, to set goals and reach them and to challenge themselves. Athletics provides that in our K-12 systems and in our colleges, and all students deserve an opportunity to engage in that.”

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona told ESPN that transgender girls have a “right to compete” and suggested that the Biden administration will step in to protect those students’ civil rights, as multiple states enact legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s sports.

On June 1, the first day of Pride Month, Florida became the eighth state to ban transgender athletes from girls’ and women’s competitions. In a wide-ranging interview on issues related to sex discrimination and athletes, the new leader of America’s school systems addressed the bans and said it was “non-negotiable that we’re going to protect the civil rights of all students,” setting up a possible showdown between federal civil rights enforcement and local control in education.

 

 

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Watch “Changing the Game” and come to know the transgender experience

“Changing the Game” staring Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman, and Andraya Yearwood is available on Hulu starting Tuesday, the first day of pride. Changing the Game highlights the struggles and personal victories of three extraordinary transgender high-school athletes.

Cast members Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman, Terry Miller, Ngozi Nnaji, and Andraya Yearwood bring to the small screen a poignant first-hand account of what it is to be young, transgender, and successful.

Although it won huge accolades at the film festivals, Changing the Game wasn’t picked up for big-screen distribution. That could be attributed to the pandemic since those venues just begun to reopen but it’s more than that.

The film is premiering commercially in a time when it’s a curse to accel as a trans athlete. Arguably the best known of the three, Andraya Yearwood, has been vilified by hate groups in 30 states as they push their discriminatory agenda and held up as the black athlete white people should fear.

Mack Beggs, a transman from Texas won two state championships in Texas while enduring tremendous abuse. This could have been different if the Governor’s office hadn’t forced rule changes prohibiting trans people from competing in their authentic gender. Not a single Republican lawmaker mentioned Mack Beggs during the 2021 session because that would have pointed out the folly of their anti-trans sports legislation.

Instead, they all singled out two transgender runners from Connecticut, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood. The truth is that they prevailed over their competition because they were faster. The cisgender runner who led the lawsuit failed to qualify for her college team because she wasn’t fast enough.

Twenty-year-old transgender activist Sarah Rose Huckman is attending university in New Hampshire.

Sarah transitioned to her authentic self in the 7th grade. Like many families with a transgender child, she and her family have advocated to ensure Sarah is treated with dignity and respect in school, sports, and all aspects of life.

In High School, Sarah was just like most of her classmates: when not in class, she enjoyed spending time with her friends and as a 4-sport athlete, participating on her high school’s Nordic Ski, Winter Indoor Track, Spring Track and Cross Country teams.

Sarah is often invited to speak about the importance of protecting transgender youth from discrimination. As a political activist, she served 3 years on the New Hampshire Legislative Advisory Council and was instrumental in the passage of legislation that explicitly extended New Hampshire’s nondiscrimination protections to transgender people.

Sarah is active as a YouTube vlogger and was recently featured in the award-winning documentary “Changing the Game” about transgender high school athletes.

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Florida Gov DeSantis signs Trans Sports Ban in violation of DOD policy

Gov DeSantis signed the Florida law banning transgender girls from interscholastic sports sending a clear message of hate on the First Day of the LGBTQIA International Pride Month.

Although it wasn’t mentioned, DeSantis also sent a message to ROTC programs that transgender students can’t participate in Officer Cadet programs which is a violation of both DOD policy and BOSTOCK v. CLAYTON COUNTY 

ROTC programs are vital to the US military Officer Core as a way to earn a commission in the military, and to individuals as a means of obtaining scholarships and future employment. The other officer programs, such as West point admits transgender candidates now that President Biden has reversed Trump’s military trans ban.

In 2019 a Trans student lost his ROTC scholarship due to Trump’s military policy

Florida’s law prohibits transgender students from participating in the University of Central Florida’s ROTC program. The Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board is the Department of Defense Agency responsible for the determination of medical qualification of applicants for appointment to a United States Service Academy, not Governor DeSantis.

The Department of the Defense statement celebrating Pride.

“Today kicks off Pride Month, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III is proud to celebrate and honor the service commitment and sacrifice of our LGBTQ personnel in and out of uniform”, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday.

“He’s proud that one of his first actions after being sworn in was to implement President [Joe] Biden’s directive to ensure that all transgender individuals who wish to serve and who can meet the appropriate standards to be able to do so openly and free from discrimination,” the press secretary said.

At Austin’s direction, the Defense Department also has taken concerted action to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQ persons around the globe, he said, adding the secretary remains committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive force. During June, DOD will celebrate “the rich contributions of LGBTQ personnel,” Kirby added.

Gov. DeSantis is one of seven governors, HRC Reports, including Gov. Greg Gianforte in Montana, Gov. Kay Ivey in Alabama, Gov. Jim Justice in West Virginia, Gov. Tate Reeves in Mississippi, Gov. Bill Lee in Tennessee, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas — who have signed anti-transgender legislation this session. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued a “style and form” veto to similar legislation in her state before issuing two executive orders to similar effect.

The NCAA Board of Governors released a public letter making clear that it “firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports.” Moreover, “When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected.” This puts the 30 states with discriminatory anti-transgender.

More than 100 major U.S. corporations have stood up and spoke out to oppose anti-transgender legislation being proposed in states across the country. New companies like Facebook, Pfizer, Altria, Peloton, and Dell join companies like Amazon, American Airlines, Apple, AT&T, AirBnB, Google, Hilton, IBM, IKEA, Microsoft, Nike, Paypal, Uber, and Verizon in objecting to these bills.

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Jin Xing is the new face of Dior’s J’adore fragrance

Chinese transgender personality and pioneer Jin Xing, the first person to publicly transition in china is the new face of Dior’s J’adore fragrance, a choice that was met with excitement and lots of praise from social media.

To announce the partnership, the French luxury house released a video in which Jin monologues about the value of independence and individuality, as well as the bumpy road that was her transition.

Jin Xing followed the same path many people around the world do. She was picked by the government as a child to be a military dancer. Highly successful, Xing quickly rose to the rank of colonel, but she knew in her heart that she had to live authentically.

In a video, Jin said that she supports women’s independence and individuality and that these are the qualities the fragrance hopes to deliver.

According to local media, the luxury brand described Jin as a woman of courage with a passion for freedom.

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Texas Transgender Athlete Ban Dies as deadline passes

Amid much celebration, the last of the Texas 20 bills targeting transgender students and minors died without a vote Tuesday night. And amazingly it was Democrat Rep. Dutton the man who revived and passed SB29 out of committee who made the motion to end the late-night session.

“We woke up this morning determined to kill that bill,” Rep. Julie Johnson, D-Carrollton, told The Dallas Morning News just before midnight. “I’m really really pleased and so grateful that we were able to deliver this win for the children of Texas and their rights to live full and happy lives, free from discrimination.”

Over the objections of LGBTQ advocates and families of trans kids, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick elevated the bill this session as one of his top priorities. But the GOP-led House postponed debate on the bill late Tuesday, effectively killing it by running out the clock, over fears that Democrats would drag out the discussion and doom dozens of other bills set for debate after it.

“We’ve got a lot to do in a short period of time,” Rep. Tom Oliverson, vice chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus, told The Dallas Morning News just before the deadline. “We can’t make time.”

The Texas Legislature did all of this without a dogfight.

Earlier in the day laughter and smiles reigned in the Senate as a bipartisanship bill to end puppy mills hit the floor. Shortly after woofing down that crucial bill, the Senate passed legislation limiting Governor Abbott’s authority during a pandemic and defeating the Senate Speaker LT Governor Dan Patrick’s effort to silence independent and social media when it expressed opinions contrary to the Governor’s.

On top of that, the Legislature defeated efforts to further target voting rights and passed a bill increasing medical cannabis availability.

This is my home.

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Trans Sports bans land on Louisiana and Florida Governors’ Desks

As of today, on May 29, nine states have enacted legislation during 2021 targeting transgender youth. The worse offenders Arkansas, and Tennessee have been already sued. Given the lack of evidence for the laws, and that the supporters can’t name a trans athlete in their state, the laws will be most likely be put on hold until the cases are resolved.

Two more bills are awaiting action by governors. The Florida sports ban hit DeSanto’s desk a month ago. And a bill just landed on Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards desk. Both of these bills were passed with a veto-proof majority.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association, the main governing body for college sports, released a statement in April saying that “only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected” for its events. Pundits are saying that states that have enacted these laws aren’t facing any consequences but looking back on North Carolina and HB2 the NCAA took action after the bill went into effect and not before.

The Olympics have allowed transgender athletes to compete for a decade. During that time there haven’t been any to accel to the highest levels and win medals. That will change as it should when equality is achieved. Not because transgender athletes have any kind of advantage but because they will be allowed to compete vis a vis having their lives ended in their thirties.

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