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According to Michael Gryboski, a Christian Post reporter: NCAA won’t hold championships in states that bar biological males from competing in women’s sports.

Apparently Mr. Gryboski doubts the intellectual prowess of his readers who might not understand that a transgender woman is a chromosomal male. Or, perhaps, Gryboski is unable to write the phrase “transgender woman” due to some religious rule. Either way, calling transgender females “biological males” is condescending and offensive. These Christian moralists don’t seem to give a shit about the people that they routinely insult.

Gryboski is referring to a statement released by the NCAA Board of Governors on Monday. The statement includes:

When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected. We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants.

The NCAA is authoritative on this issue. After all, they have more than ten years of experience monitoring transgender athletes. If that has ever engendered a controversy, I am unaware of it. This is only any issue in elementary and secondary schools because a hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom, has made it an issue.

ADF oftentimes manufactures controversies to garner donations.

Gryboski is also distressed over an ACLU tweet:

Ryan T. Anderson, Defender of the Faith™ is also troubled by the ACLU’s tweet. That is not surprising given that Anderson is one of the most anti-LGBTQ bigoted creatures on the planet. The Catholic Church utters messages from Vatican eunuchs and Anderson regards those messages as incontrovertible truth irrespective of evidence to the contrary.

According to Ryan T.:

You must forgive Anderson. Like most religious fundamentalists Anderson is not particularly smart. He can spout Thomas Aquinas philosophy but has the intellectual curiosity of a hemorrhoid.

Mr. Gryboski has yet another description of transgender females:

The NCAA statement comes as some states have in recent weeks passed “Fairness in Women’s Sports” legislation to prevent transgender-identified biological males from competing in women’s and girls’ athletic contests, and vice versa.

Four words were required to replace two words: “Transgender women.” He continues:

The Family Policy Alliance, a conservative Christian organization that lobbies state governments, criticized the NCAA statement as an attempt to bully states that have acted to protect women’s sports.

“Today, the NCAA made it clear that it is willing to prioritize its own power over the opportunities available to its female players,” stated Family Policy Alliance Vice President of Strategy Autumn Leva.

“In the face of political pressure, the NCAA Board of Governors has shown, yet again, that what matters most to them is their own bottom line.”

I honestly do not know how any of this has anything to do with the NCAA’s net revenues. As for the NCAA’s power, it has had a transgender participation policy in place for over 10 years. It is predicated upon testosterone suppression. As I wrote, I am unaware of any controversy stemming from that policy.

Ms. Leva would also benefit from looking at the NCAA’s finances. In 2019 the organization had revenues of $1.1 billion. At year’s end it was sitting on assets of $611 million. I do not see how taking a position on athletic fairness is going to materially alter the organization’s finances.

I am no expert but Stanford Fellow, Dr. Jack Turban is. Dr. Turban scares the living shit out of the religious fundamentalist set because, as a physician, he has been treating transgender adolescents for years. Dr. Turban wrote, for Scientific American: Trans Girls Belong on Girls’ Sports Teams. “There is no scientific case for excluding them.”

The religious extremists will not read that piece because they might have to confront evidence-based truths that they are ill-equipped to digest. None of them will ever debate Dr. Turban because of his intellect, knowledge and experience.

I suppose that I have to admit that it would not be a fair fight.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.