Media Falsely Claim Texas Law Bans Transgenders From Competing In Sports
LGBT hearts are breaking over the new “Save Women’s Sports” law in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill to prohibit males from competing on female sports teams in his state’s public schools, colleges and universities. Left-stream media are incorrectly portraying the law as discrimination against transgenders, and LGBT pressure groups are singing the blues.
ESPN W’s non-binary writer Katie Barnes, who identifies as “them,” charges the law “restricts” transgenders from sports participation and quotes Anne Lieberman, of Athlete Ally.:
My heart is breaking all over again for our communities in Texas who have been tirelessly and fiercely fighting anti-transgender legislation session after session. HB25 is yet another callous example of lawmakers passing legislation that bullies and targets kids who just want to play sports with their friends.
Tim Stelloh’s NBC News propaganda is headlined, “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (seen in above photo) Signs Law Restricting Transgender Students In School Sports.” His story doesn’t even mention the name of the law, and he portrays it as “discriminatory” against LGBT athletes. The photo of LGBT advocates protesting the law at the state capitol in Austin is a dead give-away of NBC’s position on the subject. Transgender students in Texas public schools and universities are falsely banned from competing in sports, according to the Stelloh story. The truth is that boys are eligible to participate in, or at least try out for, any boys team in Texas public schools.
One supporter of the law is quoted by NBC as saying the new law is intended to protect girls’ sports. The narrative, though, is that transgender “girls” are going to be completely banned from public school sports in Texas. These agenda-driven media are all giving a wink and nod to their LGBT friends and tossing objectivity into the wind. As they’ve long done.
Stelloh’s featured quote, from Equality Texas, reads “that if Texans ‘want to protect children, the goal shouldn’t be to prevent trans kids from participating in sports, but to give all kids the freedom to make friends and play without fearing the kind of discrimination many older trans people face on a daily basis.’ ”
The NBC story says there is no threat to women’s sports in Texas, but Barnes says the Lone Star State has one of the nation’s largest transgender populations.
ESPN also quotes another LGBT advocate, Andrea Segovia, field and policy coordinator for Transgender Education Network of Texas.:
This is adults bullying kids. At the heart of it is this body legislating trans people out of existence. We’re talking about public accommodations. Trans people exist in these spaces. When you’re letting bills like this become law, the message is, “We don’t want you in these spaces.”
Barnes is already speculating about the NCAA removing postseason events from Texas, as it previously did with North Carolina over its 2016 bathroom bill.
The Save Women’s Sports law takes effect in January. Students who are confused about their gender will then be required to compete on the team corresponding to their birth certificate. Yahoo Sports stresses that this “may differ from their gender identity.”
Amit Paley, CEO and executive director of the LGBT-friendly Trevor Project, indicated his organization will challenge the Texas law in court.