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01/02/2019 / By JD Heyes
A biological man who self-identifies as a woman was awarded $20,000 in a discrimination lawsuit he filed after being cut from an all-women football team.
The male, who calls himself Christina Ginther, filed suit after he was rejected from playing on the all-female football team in a league in Minnesota over fears about safety — given that he’s nearly 6 feet tall and is a second-degree black belt in a martial art. The $20,000 award was divided in half — $10,000 in punitive damages and $10,000 for ‘emotional distress.’
As The Daily Wire reported:
The 46-year-old claims he was initially welcomed by the Minnesota Vixen football team, which was then part of the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL), during pre-tryout practices in 2016. But when team owner Laura Brown learned that Ginther was actually a biological male, she informed Ginther that biological men were barred from playing in the league due to safety concerns.
As such, according to Greg Van Gompel, a team attorney, Brown offered Ginther a supporting role on the team as a coaching assistant or statistician.
Brown had no choice in the matter, Van Gompel added, because of IWFL policy which states, unequivocally: “A player may not play in the IWFL, unless they are now, and always have been, legally and medically a female, as determined by their birth certificate and driver’s license.”
Ginther turned down Brown’s offer, MPR News reported.
He told the news site that Brown called after his tryouts. “She said, ‘Well, your numbers were good. But in the process of drawing up player contracts, we looked at your social media and found out that you’re transgender.’”
Feeling “violated,” Ginther’s childhood friend and lawyer, Nicholas May, filed a discrimination suit on his behalf alleging that Brown’s decision — and the league’s gender rule — violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination against contractors over sexual orientation (the IWFL was a semi-pro league in which players paid to play instead of being paid).
The ruling in Ginther’s favor means that, at least in Minnesota, having single-gender-mandated teams is “discriminatory.” And now that one court case has been filed and won, you can bet there will be others.
But what about the IWFL’s concern about safety? Some experts have argued that there isn’t any reason for it.
“Yes, of course, transgender women have advantages. Disadvantages, too,” Joanna Harper, a medical physicist and also transgender, told MPRNews.
“If we’re talking advantages, transgender women are on average taller, larger,” Harper continued. The “more pertinent question” is whether they belong in a separate category, adding, “I think the available research says probably not.”
But others disagree, especially female athletes attempting to compete with biological male athletes. (Related: Transgender female wrestler taking steroids to become MALE wins championship against girls… lawsuits fly.)
As Natural News reported in May 2017, a weightlifter in New Zealand won the women’s over-90 kilogram (over 198 lbs) division at the World Masters Games in Auckland the previous month — after competing in the same event in earlier years as a man.
While some congratulated the New Zealander weightlifting transgender, others in “her” competition did not.
“She is who she is. That’s the way the politics…and what the New Zealanders have decided. I can’t say much more than that. She is seen as female and that’s the way it is,” bronze medalist winner Kaitlyn Fassina said.
Soon, the transgender controversy will come to elite semi-pro sports competition:
What’s more, international Olympic level competition, barring rule changes by the Olympics’ governing body, will also soon feature men-to-women and women-to-men athletes. They, too, will “shatter records,” but of course, these won’t really be true record-breaking events because biologically speaking, regardless of what these athletes “identify” as, they will still be men competing in women’s sports and vice-versa.
And if the Minnesota case is any indication, legally there isn’t anything anyone is going to be able to do about it.
See more news about trans issues at TransHumanism.news.