Manhattan school district considers banning males from female sports

by Renata

Renata Kiss, FISM News


New York City is weighing the consequences of men participating in women’s sports. 

On Wednesday, Manhattan’s largest school board district passed a resolution that could lead to the exclusion of trans women from female sports, though not without backlash.  

Community Education Council (CEC) District 2, which oversees Manhattan’s Lower East Side to the Upper East Side, voted 8-3 in favor of the measure, according to the New York Post. The measure forces the city’s Department of Education to review its policy regarding male participation in female sports, albeit in a largely symbolic move. 

The department has already replaced biological sex with gender identity in all NYC public schools, including sports in public school leagues, according to Resolution 248. 

Nevertheless, the city’s move to even consider the review of trans women in female sports, while involving parents in the matter, caused quite a controversy at the meeting. 

 Jared Danker, a gay man who works for the Department of Education and a District 2 parent, said the resolution would “marginalize and discriminate against a group of students who need our affirmation and support.” 

NYC Council member Erik Bottcher likewise condemned the measure.

“We are outraged that you’re considering a resolution targeting transgender girls and sports. It is utterly shocking that such a regressive and harmful resolution is being proposed in the school district in the middle of Manhattan,” he said. 

One of the sponsors of the resolution CEC member Maud Maron said it would encourage conversations about who can play girls’ sports.

“If we have a proper and real conversation, one of the outcomes could be that nothing changes and that we all discover that these guidelines are just perfect as they are,” she argued. “But another one of the possibilities is that we realize that the excluded voices had something really important to offer and they should have been heard from in the beginning.”

According to The Post, Maron has been previously accused of being “anti-trans.” She has argued on multiple occasions that female athletes in schools and professional sports are routinely ignored in trans decisions.

 Maron is not the only one who sees the situation this way.

Former Olympic athlete Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner has supported New York’s growing opposition to male participation in female sports. The trans woman said the “woke DEI” agenda poses a serious threat to women’s sports.

“My fear is that if this woke agenda that’s out there… the DEI world that’s out there, if this continues, it’ll ruin women’s sports over the next 10, 20 years. Let’s stop it now while we can,” Jenner told Fox News. 

His comment was a response to Nassau County’s trans restrictions. Last month, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman signed an executive order denying permits to facilities that allowed males on girls’ teams to play against female opponents. Jenner wholeheartedly supported the executive order.

Most recently, female sports activist Riley Gaines and 16 other women have filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletics Association.

Reka Gyorgy, a former Virginia Tech swimmer, said now is “the time to speak up for all the women in the future.” It’s been two years, and nothing [has] happened. When will we change things if it’s not now?”

Gyorgy lost her All-American title to transwoman Lia Thomas in 2022 and has not forgotten that bitter moment since. She was the first athlete to formally complain to the NCAA. 

Gaines, who ended up tying with Thomas in that same race, echoed Gyorgy’s argument.

“Reka and myself and the other athletes who are signed onto this lawsuit, we are standing for something,” Gaines said. “We are standing for women again. We are standing for women’s sports. We are standing for reality. We are not standing against anything. There’s certainly a place for people who identify as trans to compete in sports. Of course there is. And I encourage everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation or race … to play sports, but play in a category that is fair and that is safe. Thomas competing against us was neither of those things.”