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White House press secretary stands up for trans Americans

Rachel Badham February 11, 2021

White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, reaffirmed the Biden administration’s dedication to supporting trans Americans after being questioned over the government’s order for schools to include trans students in sports. According to the New York Post, Psaki was asked by a Fox Radio reporter if the White House has any “guidance for schools in dealing with the issue arising over trans girls competing against and with cis girls.”

Psaki responded: “I would just say that the president’s belief is that trans rights are human rights, and that’s why he signed that executive order. In terms of the determinations by universities and colleges I would certainly defer to them.” The Fox reporter was referring to Joe Biden’s ‘Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation’ order, which states: “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports. It is the policy of my administration to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.”

17 states have recently proposed bills to prevent trans athletes from participating in sporting categories which align with their gender identity, with Idaho passing the regulations as official law. The most recent state to propose a bill targeting trans athletes is Georgia, and Tennessee has just advanced a similar bill which is receiving strong support from state Republicans. As the bills do not adhere to Biden’s order, the states could risk losing federal funding if they continue to discriminate against trans athletes.