University president delivers strong statement against biological males in women’s sports: ‘Enough is enough’


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After seeing his student-athletes lose to a organic male throughout a sporting occasion this previous weekend, Dr. Wayne D. Lewis Jr., president of Houghton University, issued a powerful assertion in opposition to organic males collaborating in girls’s sports activities. 

The assertion, titled “In Protection of Girls’s Athletics,” is a prolonged name to motion from Lewis, the sixth president of the non-public Christian college in upstate New York

“Organic males’ participation in girls’s athletics is incorrect,” wrote Lewis, the primary African-American president of the college. “Most Individuals and many of the world understand it to be incorrect. A fringe agenda below the guise of creating college and collegiate athletics extra inclusive for transgender individuals has grown to the place of now unfairly displacing gifted and hardworking feminine athletes, obliterating the historic achievements and data of feminine athletes of the previous, and threatening to dismantle the alternatives and protections for women and girls in sport trailblazing leaders fought so onerous to create and shield.”

“Too many leaders, mother and father, skilled athletes, and other people of goodwill have been silent as feminine athletes are humiliated, silenced, and robbed of hard-earned alternatives. That silence is complicit with the perimeter agenda that threatens to dismantle women’ and girls’s athletics.”

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This view exhibits the beginning of the ladies’s 100-meter remaining on the 2000 Olympic Summer time Video games in Sydney. (Adam Fairly/Getty Photos)

Lewis’s assertion comes after the All-Atlantic Regional Championships in monitor and subject, the place transgender athlete Sadie Schreiner of Rochester Institute of Expertise (RIT) gained the ladies’s 200-meter sprint.

“I at present serve a Christian college as its president,” he wrote. “I consider God has fashioned every of us, women and men, with intention and goal. I additional consider intercourse and gender are a divine prerogative and are neither separate from one another nor topic to alter. Nonetheless, my assertion that organic males’ participation in girls’s athletics is incorrect is just not a Christian place. It’s a ethical place.”

“Whereas I at present serve a Christian college, most of my profession has been within the public sector as a instructor, professor, administrator, and state training chief. If I served in any of these roles once more, my place could be the identical,” he continued.

Lewis beforehand defined his stance on WHAM 1180, saying the identical throughout an interview that it’s a “ethical place.”

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“After I see younger girls with ‘Houghton’ written throughout their uniform … at a aggressive drawback, generally shedding alternatives which can be hard-earned, there isn’t a approach that I, as their president, will proceed to sit down on the sidelines and refuse to advocate for change,” he stated.

“All through human historical past and to the current, many of the world and most Individuals have upheld the reality that women and men have necessary distinguishing traits,” Lewis continued in his assertion. “American society is organized based mostly on that understanding. Our group of sport exists based mostly on that understanding. Stating the apparent and broadly supported reality that women and men have necessary organic variations is just not a place of hatred or bigotry. It’s common sense.”

“Whereas I consider most coverage makes an attempt to be inclusive of individuals who determine as transgender are possible well-meaning, I battle to know how leaders with the very best curiosity of women and girls at coronary heart may advocate for or endorse practices that not solely place feminine athletes at a aggressive drawback, but in addition topic them to disrespect and embarrassment and place them at higher threat for harassment and assault.”

To conclude his assertion, Lewis seemed for assist in his stance.

“Sufficient is sufficient,” he stated. “I cannot sit by silently as a college president whose feminine student-athletes step weekly onto tracks, courts, and fields to compete however, in some instances, are compelled to take action on taking part in fields we all know to be unfair. I hope you’ll be a part of me.”

Schreiner, who reportedly goes by the identify “Sadie Rose,” broke two girls’s monitor and subject data at RIT, setting the 200-meter report with a 25.27-second time in January. Schreiner additionally broke the 300-meter report with a 40.78-second end, per the Nationwide Desk.

Track hurdles

A view of hurdles at a monitor and subject occasion. (C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Images by way of Getty Photos/File)

The Liberty League, the Division III convention through which RIT participates, honored Schreiner as its Girls’s Observe and Discipline Performer of the Week in January.

The Unbiased Council on Girls’s Sports activities despatched a letter to the Liberty League in February, expressing their concern about Schreiner’s participation in girls’s monitor and subject.

“The one approach sport might be honest and equal for ladies is with a protected feminine class that excludes opponents with male benefit,” the letter reads.

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To again its argument, the letter cited World Athletics, the governing physique of monitor and subject, and its handbook, particularly Rule C3.5, which is “Eligibility Rules for Transgender Athletes.”

“World Athletics desires to offer equal alternatives to all athletes to take part in and excel on the sport, and to supply them with honest and significant competitors situations, in order that they’re motivated to make the massive dedication and sacrifice required to excel within the sport, and so encourage new generations to hitch the game and aspire to the identical excellence,” the rule states.

“The substantial intercourse distinction in sports activities efficiency that emerges from puberty onwards implies that the one strategy to obtain the aims set out above is to take care of separate classifications (competitors classes) for female and male athletes. That distinction is as a result of bodily benefits conferred on male athletes by the testes producing a lot larger ranges of circulating testosterone than ovaries produce from puberty onwards in feminine athletes.”

A monitor runner will get set within the blocks. (John Walton – PA Photos by way of Getty Photos)

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The NCAA’s present laws on transgender student-athletes collaborating in sports activities on the collegiate degree are a by-sport foundation, that means every governing physique of that sport will decide if participation is allowed. 

RIT didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark when requested by Fox Information Digital.


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