US Senator Ron Johnson on Tuesday protested against transgender women competing in women’s sports and said it was “scary” that they were allowed in the women’s bathrooms.
After winning transgender women’s NCAA title last week, it angered Republican politicians across the country and sparked a national debate over the position of transgender athletes. In sports, Republican Oshkosh said at a virtual town hall Tuesday, “First of all, I think most Americans agree with you on transgender. You should not allow biological males to compete with girls. I mean, it just frustrates the girls.”
Johnson added: “We shouldn’t be allowing biological men into women’s bathrooms. “It’s scary. It’s just not good.”
His comments came in response to a town hall participant who said it was insulting to see transgender women competing in women’s swimming and entering the women’s bathrooms. with him as a father.
“I think most Americans agree with you there. There has to be a common sense approach without discrimination, like that, so that people can live together in peace and harmony,” Johnson continued. “I think most people would agree with you about being transgender… It’s the opposite that continues to push these kinds of problems on us.”
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In one poll in Gallup administered in May 2021, 34% of US adults said athletes should play on teams that match their gender identity while 62% said they should play on teams that match their gender identity. sex assigned at birth. Just over half of Democrats and 10% of Republicans said they support transgender athletes competing on teams that match their gender identity.
In a 2016 pollThe Pew Research Center found that just over half of Americans who support transgender people using the restroom have their current gender identity.
Two Gallup polls – in 2016 and 2017 – found that just over half of respondents in favor of transgender people use the bathroom that corresponds to their assigned gender at birth, but a second survey shows more and more Americans support transgender people using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity.
Democratic US Senate candidate Alex Lasry, who congratulated Thomas on Twitter after her win last week, said it was illegal to ban transgender women from competing in women’s sports. through space.
“All women – including transgender women – deserve to be protected from discrimination and to be free to be who they are,” he said.
Governor Mandela Barnes, another Democratic Senate candidate, said if elected he would fight to pass Equality Actwould prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, bathrooms and other areas.
“Wisconsinites deserves to be a Senator who will defend everyone’s rights,” he said.
Johnson’s comments on Tuesday come nearly a year after he and most other Republican US senators voted against transgender woman Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health. With 52 senators voting in favor, Levine became the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the United States Senate.
His comments on Tuesday also come as state legislatures across the country weigh in on restricting transgender rights. In Wisconsin, Congress and the Senate passed a “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” allowing parents to sue school officials for not using the pronouns and gender identities parents requested for their children. theirs.
Democratic Governor Tony Evers is expected to veto the bill.
“Forcing students to put up with the wrong name or wrong pronoun, day in and day out, will only add to the already alarming statistics about depression among LGBTQ+ people in Wisconsin.” Wisconsin Human Rights Campaign Director Wendy Strout said.
In February, Republican lawmakers introduced a proposal, AB977 and SB915, that would prohibit doctors and health care providers from providing gender reassignment procedures to people under the age of 18. The bill did not receive a public hearing or a floor vote.
March, NPR reported, Iowa becomes the 11th state to ban transgender sports after the governors of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia signed similar bills into law. The governor of South Dakota also enacted the ban through an executive order.
Following Thomas’ victory, Republican governors in Utah and Indiana vetoed legislation that would ban transgender women from competing in women’s sports.
Explaining his decision to veto the bill in one letter to legislative leadersWyoming Governor Spencer Cox said while he doesn’t fully understand transgender rights, “I’ve always tried to be on the side of kindness, benevolence, and compassion.”