If I were in position to craft state law here in Raleigh, my response to the NCAA and their ban on NC* would be this:
Simply restrict restroom and locker room access in the exact same manner as the NCAA restricts access to sporting teams in their leagues:
The following policies clarify participation of transgender student-athletes undergoing hormonal treatment for gender transition:
1. A trans male (FTM) student-athlete who has received a medical exception for treatment with testosterone for diagnosed Gender Identity Disorder or gender dysphoria and/or Transsexualism, for purposes of NCAA competition may compete on a men’s team, but is no longer eligible to compete on a women’s team without changing that team status to a mixed team.
2. A trans female (MTF) student-athlete being treated with testosterone suppression medication for Gender Identity Disorder or gender dysphoria and/or Transsexualism, for the purposes of NCAA competition may continue to compete on a men’s team but may not compete on a women’s team without changing it to a mixed team status until completing one calendar year of testosterone suppression treatment.
Any transgender student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatment related to gender transition may participate in sex-separated sports activities in accordance with his or her assigned birth gender.
A trans male (FTM) student-athlete who is not taking testosterone related to gender transition may participate on a men’s or women’s team.
A trans female (MTF) transgender student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatments related to gender transition may not compete on a women’s team.
The NCAA itself discriminates based on gender. FURTHER, the organization differentiates between MTF and FTM.
Opposition to HB2 indeed.
President Obama unveiled his NCAA March Madness tournament bracket. Surprise surprise; he picked The University of North Carolina to win it all.
I was curious, so I took a look at the top 8 seeds.
The Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe has decided to weigh in on the University’s use of the “Fighting Sioux” mascot; they have retained legal counsel and sued. Sued the NCAA that is:
FORT TOTTEN, ND – Speaking at the tribal headquarters of the Spirit Lake Sioux Nation, attorney Reed Soderstrom announced a lawsuit against the NCAA alleging copyright infringement and civil rights violations. The Sioux tribe supports the University of North Dakota’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname and logo, but the NCAA has deemed them to be “hostile and abusive.”
“Today, the Spirit Lake Tribe of Indians, by and through its Committee of Understanding and Respect, and Archie Fool Bear, individually, and as Representative of more than 1004 Petitioners of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, filed a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association in direct response to their attempt to take away and prevent the North Dakota Sioux Indians from giving their name forever to the University of North Dakota,” said Soderstrom in prepared remarks.
Soderstrom alleges that the NCAA has violated “the religious and first amendment rights of the Dakota Sioux tribes.” He also alleged a double standard in the application of the NCAA’s policy against the use of Native American names and imagery.
The Sioux Nation WANTS the mascot to remain. They find honor in being thus honored. The NCAA is insane.
I’m a mutt. I have parents that German and Swedish. I can’t make the case that my whole heritage is contained within the Nordic states, but it can be said that half of me is.
Further, I’m from Minnesota. A state dominated by Swedes, Fins, Norwegians and the like. It’s who we are, don’tcha know?
And I’m proud that part of who I am has been chosen to represent the state’s football team. Who wouldn’t?