Even Democrats Are Going Wobbly on Trans Rights in Sports

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Sports teams are the last place Americans don't fully embrace LGBTQ rights, writes Philip_Elliott

Put another way, many Americans seem to think the issue of which jersey to don looks more like a question of competitive fairness than civil rights. After all, majorities have said clearly they are against discrimination against trans individuals. Pew’s number from last year finds 64% support for nondiscrimination laws protecting trans individuals’ rights to housing, jobs, and services.

But on the soccer pitch, these respondents are looking at their kids and wanting a fair shot. It’s not that they’ve bought the bogus and hateful notions that trans people are so-called “groomers” or are looking to invade locker rooms for sexual perversion. But as Reeves put it, there’s a sense that their kids are getting a raw deal.

And here’s the thing that stands out from an electoral point of view: even Democrats are trending away from allowing trans athletes to pick their bench. Although Democrats are far more supportive of that position—47% of Democrats versus 10% of Republicans—that position has faded over the last two years. In 2021 when the question was asked, 55% of Democrats favored letting the trans kids pick their team.

Among independents, the trends line up: a 33-63 split toward inclusion in 2021 is now a 28-67 construct today. And for Republicans, there is a nagging sense that things are going too far toward inclusion of trans individuals. The Washington Post has a smart visualization of that climbIn sum: trans rights are getting left behind in the hardening allyship for the broader LGBTQ rights movement, and nowhere is that more apparent than on the field.

Source: Law Daily Report (lawdailyreport.net)


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