Florida Republicans Slam Efforts to Rewrite Title IX

Florida Republicans Slam Efforts to Rewrite Title IX

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
February 26, 2023

The tide is turning against transgender policies, as 28 organizations demand that the Biden Administration rewrite Title IX to accommodate for "gender identity."

Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) tweeted that "biological males don’t belong in women’s sports or female locker rooms."

"Biological males don’t belong in women’s sports or female locker rooms. We cannot allow the Biden Administration to rewrite Title IX," stated Rep Steube.

The letter is led by the Defense of Freedom Institute for Policy Studies, and includes the Heritage Foundation, the Independent Women's Law Center, the Child and Parental Rights Campaign, and Parents Defending Education.

Not only does the Department of Education have any authority to "subvert rather than fulfill the requirements of Title IX" by allowing transgender women (male to female) access to women's sports and facilities, but this would render Title IX meaningless altogether.

In July, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) made a similar point in a letter of his own.

"Your interpretation of Title IX will undermine that law’s very purpose by making schools and sports unsafe and unfair for women and girls," Sen. Rubio wrote.

Moreover, the letter cites the case of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who competed against All-American NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines. Gaines claims Thomas possessed an unfair advantage in their race, due to being born male.

In an op-ed for Fox, Gaines calls Thomas' success as a women's swimmer "a mockery of women’s sports."

The previous March, Gov. Ron DeSantis similarly proclaimed swimmer Emma Weyant the true winner of the 500-yard freestyle Thomas had won.

Gov. DeSantis went so far as to accuse the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) of engaging in "efforts to destroy women’s athletics."

"Now the NCAA is basically taking efforts to destroy women's athletics. They're trying to undermine the integrity of the competition and they're crowning somebody else, the woman's champion," said Gov. DeSantis.

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Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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