Death blow? World Boxing Council considering changing policy to allow for transgender boxing

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According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the World Boxing Council (WBC) is considering the possibility of sanctioning fights between who identify as women and biological women.

If this happens, it would be a dramatic about-face because in 2020, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said that “the WBC does not accept transgender boxing,” adding:

“There’s only male and female. There’s no in between. People say it has to be the same, so you mean we have to do pregnancy tests for men as well?”

In the two years since since saying that, Sulaiman seems to have come around on that question.

According to the Washington Examiner, in low-level MMA, Alana McLaughlin brutally battered Celine Provost. McLaughlin, a man, had just one year of MMA training, whereas Provost was a seasoned veteran and the only woman in the right.

In another example, Fallon Fox, the man who fought several women in low-level pro fights, broke the orbital bone of one woman who was not even informed that her opponent was a transgender, male to female.

According to the Washington Examiner, in boxing, the results of such clashes could be much more lethal, as boxing is more dangerous than MMA.

Boxers receive more sustained punches to the head over a longer period of time and those punches are more powerful because the padding in boxing gloves allows fighters to throw harder punches without actually hurting their hands. According to the Washington Examiner:

“Men should not be allowed to compete in women’s sports at all. It is unfair to female athletes who have spent years training to be the best. Men especially shouldn’t be allowed to compete in women’s combat sports because that can be deadly.”

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According to reports, the WBC is considered by many to be the premier body for professional boxing and once a year they gather to address major issues in the sport. One of the main topics at the upcoming meeting is allowing transgender women in boxing.

According to a statement released by the WBC, transgender people participating in combat sports is a controversial topic, but one that needs to be addressed again. The statement added:

“It’s argued that transgender women have an unfair advantage over cisgender women in competitive sports and may endanger them, due to differences in human physiology, and that these differences are not sufficiently reversed by transgender hormone therapies.”

The statement added:

“Another opinion sector argues that medically prescribed puberty blockers and estrogen, suppress testosterone levels and reduce muscle mass in transgender women, reducing potential competitive advantage.”

According to the statement, loyalty, fairness, and integrity are the core values of the WBC. WBC said:

“We elevate boxing and protect the health and well-being of all boxers as our number one priority. We are committed to protecting human rights, eradicating discrimination, and helping those who need it. We believe that boxing is for everyone.”

Now, Sulaiman is considering adding an exclusive league for transgender boxing. He said:

“We are considering the proposal of creating a league for transgender boxing fights. We have a continuous forum. What we are looking for is to prevent the danger of a potential accident in the ring.”

He is adamant that women’s boxing needs to be secure at all costs, which is why transgender boxing needs its own category. He said:

“Our position about women’s boxing is absolute and total protection. There will be no changes in the conditions for women’s boxing.”

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Report: Media alters rape victim’s testimony to avoid “misgendering” the “transgender” person accused in the attack

June 3rd, 2022

According to a report from Fox News, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) altered an alleged rape victim’s testimony in an attempt to avoid misgendering her attacker.

A report from the Times of London stated that BBC published a story about a woman who claimed she had been raped and that her alleged attacker was a transgender woman. The Times reported:

“The BBC changed the testimony of a rape victim after a debate over the pronouns of her transgender attacker. The woman referred to her alleged rapist as ‘him’ but insiders said that her words were changed to avoid ‘misgendering’ the abuser in an article on the corporation’s website.”

The explained that throughout the statement, every incidence where the pronouns “he” or “him” had been used, the BBC altered the language to read “they” or “them” instead. The Times added:

“A source said the quote was the subject of heated debate prior to publication. Some journalists argued that the quote should remain intact, while others said it should reflect the trans woman’s preferred she/her pronouns.”

The quote, given by an anonymous woman who identifies as a lesbian, initially read:

“I was too young to argue and had been brainwashed by queer theory, so he was a ‘woman’ even if every [fiber] of my being was screaming throughout, so I agreed to go home with him. He used physical force when I changed my mind upon seeing his penis and raped me.”

The statement, as published by the BBC, reads:

“[They] threatened to out me as a terf and risk my job if I refused to sleep with [them]. I was too young to argue and had been brainwashed by queer theory so [they were] a ‘woman’ even if every fiber of my being was screaming throughout so I agreed to go home with [them]. [They] used physical force when I changed my mind upon seeing [their] penis and raped me.”

The article in question was published by BBC in November 2021, and was titled “Get the L out,” and allegedly the article addressed the issues surrounding lesbians who felt as though they were being pressured to engage in relations with transgender women who were still biologically male.

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One woman who was interviewed for the piece, called “Chloe”, said that she felt coerced into penetrative sex with a transgender woman who was still biologically male because she had been drinking and did not believe she had consented. She said:

“The language at the time was very much ‘trans women are women, they are always women, lesbians should date them.’ And I was like, that’s the reason I rejected this person. Does that make be bad? Am I not going to be allowed to be in the LGBT community anymore? Am I going to face repercussions for that instead? So, I didn’t actually tell anyone.”

When asked for comment, a BBC spokesperson told Fox News Digital:

“It’s routine to have editorial discussion about different stories. Our only intention when deciding on language is to make things as clear as possible for audiences.”

The spokesperson added:

“As we’ve said before, BBC News makes the final decisions about what it broadcasts or publishes, and we produce our own style guide. All decisions on content are based on news values and with impartiality at the centre of those decisions.”

After criticism mounted against the BBC over the piece, the site doubled down, asserting that the article was “factual and based on research into the subject.”

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Elementary school counselor under state investigation for standing in opposition to gender reassignment surgery in children

May 26th, 2022

MILWAUKEE, WI- According to a report from the Daily Wire, a Milwaukee elementary school counselor is under investigation by the state of Wisconsin for speaking out against and opposing gender reassignment surgery in children.

The school counselor, who has been identified as Marissa Darlingh, received a letter from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on April 29th warning her that her state-issued license may very well be revoked if the investigation concludes that she engaged in “immoral conduct” while attending a rally in Madison. The allegations in the letter state:

“According to a report and video submitted by a community member, you participated in an event in Madison on April 23, 2022 in which you identify yourself as an elementary school counselor. You are on video saying, “(expletive) transgenderism”.

You are also on video stating you oppose gender identity ideology from entering your school building. You say none of your students will ever transition socially or medically under your “(expletive) watch”. You state you do not believe children should have access to hormones or surgery.”

According to a report from The Center Square, Darlingh acknowledged being at the rally where she was one of several speakers. She said:

“I oppose gender ideology ever entering the walls of my school building. Over my dead … body will my students be exposed to the heart of gender identity ideology. Not a single one of my students under my … watch will ever, ever transition socially, and sure as hell not medically.”

DPI warned her that the investigation will “determine if there is probable cause to support allegations of immoral conduct” and gave her the option to resign ahead of the investigation.

However, Darlingh chose to fight for her rights instead and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has vowed to sue on behalf of Darlingh if the state tries to suspend or revoke her license over her opposition to gender reassignment surgery or use of profanity.

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty’s Luke Berg said in a statement:

“The state is, quite simply, trying to punish a public-school counselor for her views on gender ideology. This is a classic, clear-cut violation of the First Amendment and the state can expect a federal lawsuit if it proceeds.”

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Darlingh stated that nothing is going to change her mind about the issue and that she will continue to stand firm in her convictions. She said:

“My views on the harms of gender ideology to children are informed by a desire to serve and protect children. That’s why I got into education. I will love and serve every child under my care, no matter what, but I won’t recant under threat from the state.”

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The very end of the DPI’s letter to Darlingh stated:

“Also, please be aware that at any point during the investigation, you have the opportunity to voluntarily surrender your license and bring the DPI’s investigation of this matter to a close. If you do want to surrender your license, please carefully review the attached surrender agreement and if you agree, please sign the agreement and return it to me in the envelope included.”

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City proposes “guaranteed income” program for transgender, nonbinary residents to combat “discrimination” against them

April 1st, 2022

PALM SPRINGS, CA — The Palm Springs City Council recently voted to allocate $200,000 from two local nonprofits to begin a payment program exclusively for its transgender and nonbinary residents.

City Council members voted unanimously on March 24 to pay DAP Health and Queer Works to design the program and apply for state funding, which is the first of three phases outlined in a city report to realize the proposed project, according to a report by BPR.

Queer Works is a Coachella Valley-based nonprofit aimed primarily at addressing disparities faced by transgender, nonbinary and intersex people while DAP Health is a nonprofit resource in the valley for those with, affected by or at risk for HIV or AIDS, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Jacob Rostovsky, Queer Works’ transgender executive director, told Newsweek it is expected that the program will be similar to guaranteed income pilot programs launched in other U.S. cities.

Rostovsky said other cities that have experimented with guaranteed income on average have given 150 people monthly payments of $600 to $900:

“This is a chance to help individuals receive money that we can think of as a subsidy — to subsidize the gap in income that the trans and nonbinary community faces due to having some of the highest levels of unemployment in this country.

“So, when you raise them up to the average level, they achieve a lot more.”

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Rostovsky told the Los Angeles Times that Queer Works has been “highly encouraged” to apply for a piece of California’s $35 million in funding for guaranteed income pilot programs.

The state’s plan, approved last year, targets pregnant women and young adults who have aged out of the foster care system, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Rostovsky noted that 5 percent of foster youth identify as transgender.

Newsweek reported:

“The two nonprofits will look for philanthropic dollars to fund the program. Additionally, they’ll look at ways to tap into a $35 million fund created by California lawmakers to provide monthly payments to pregnant women and young adults who’ve recently left foster care.

“The new pot of money would be distributed by local governments and nonprofits.

“The idea of no-strings cash payments has increasingly taken hold in the U.S. Presidential candidate Andrew Yang made it the centerpiece of his campaign, most Americans were given direct cash payments during the height of the pandemic and a group called Mayors for a Guaranteed Income is evaluating other local pilot programs.”

A 2019 study by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute suggested that poverty rates differ by sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI):

“We examined poverty rates separately for cisgender straight men and women, cisgender gay men and lesbian women, cisgender bisexual men and women, and transgender people.

  • “LGBT people collectively have a poverty rate of 21.6%, which is much higher than the rate for cisgender straight people of 15.7%.
  • “Among LGBT people, transgender people have especially high rates of poverty—29.4%.
  • “Lesbian (17.9%) and straight (17.8%) cisgender women have higher poverty rates than gay (12.1%) and straight (13.4%) cisgender men. But cisgender lesbian women do not have significantly different poverty rates than cisgender straight women.
  • “Bisexual cisgender women (29.4%) and men (19.5%) had higher poverty rates than cisgender straight women and men, respectively.”

The study noted that U.S. poverty is determined based on whether the income for an individual or family unit falls below the official federal poverty threshold:

“The thresholds are set each year for different sizes of households. In 2015, for example, a family of two adults and one child would be considered living in poverty if their annual income fell below $19,078.”

Newsweek reported that Palm Springs Council Member Christy Holstege, who was the previous mayor, said during Thursday’s council meeting:

“This is a complete revisiting of how we address poverty in this country by giving people money.”

Holstege claimed that restrictions on other government anti-poverty programs end up trapping their recipients, but a guaranteed income can allow people to spend money on “other solutions that we all know as being the experts of our lives.”

Los Angeles Times reported:

“Councilmember Christy Holstege, who brought the matter to the meeting, said Monday that she felt ‘incredibly proud’ of the city for coming down on ‘the right side of history and supporting our trans and nonbinary, gender-nonconforming community.’

“Like other guaranteed income programs, the pilot would provide direct cash payments to individuals to spend as they see fit. That sets it apart from some financial assistance programs that come with work requirements or specify how the money can be spent.”

Proponents say these types of programs promote physical and psychological well-being by giving some of society’s most marginalized groups a financial life vest.

However, Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton, who is transgender, cast doubt on the viability of guaranteed income programs and questioned if they should even be run by municipal governments.

KESQ News reported that Mayor Middleton was worried about the small scale of the project despite 400,000 people living below the poverty line in Riverside County.

Before ultimately voting in favor of the program, Middleton said:

“My serious concern is the ability of these guaranteed income programs to scale up to the magnitude of the issues that are before us.”

Palm Springs Council Member Greg Kors suggested the program was a worthy money redistribution experiment:

“But it would be money that may be much more effectively spent than it’s being spent now and that’s what this is trying to find out.”

Los Angeles Times reported:

“At this point, the pilot program still needs more funding to fully launch.

“When reached Monday, Rostovsky said some of the details concerning the program discussed at the recent council meeting — including a total reported budget of $1.8 million — were preliminary figures.

“Besides state funding, the partnership seeks philanthropic support and could come back to the city to ask for more money — which several council members said they might not be willing to allot.

“Over the next three to six months, Rostovsky said the partnership will work on putting together an application, seek input from local transgender and nonbinary leaders and conduct outreach.”

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