The law requires a signed statement from a doctor to be provided confirming that the student is a woman based on her “naturally occurring” testosterone levels, internal and external reproductive anatomy, and chromosomes. As with other invoices, it is not based on your own identity, representation of gender or even whether you have gone through legal processes, such as B. changing the name or gender on an ID card, but rather on chromosomes and reproductive anatomy. It essentially forces transgender girls and non-binary young people to agree to extremely invasive exams in order to learn that they don’t qualify to take.
It is well known that gender is an identity. The gender assigned at birth is exactly what a doctor decided at birth. Without even getting into the very complex chromosome conversation (let alone the equally complex conversation about testosterone), we know that society is finally going beyond the idea that one’s gender and gender are set in stone due to the events observed at birth . Transgender and non-binary kids and teens know that the gender they grew up in wasn’t right, so speak up about how to correct people. That shouldn’t exclude them from participating in a sport.
As reported by local Maine media, this is not the first time O’Connor has attracted attention. For example, as reported by the Maine Beacon, O’Connor took part in discussions on Facebook about a possible protest against Black Lives Matter outside Portland City Hall in September 2020. This demonstration never took place, not even because of the threat of an armed opponent’s protest. O’Connor, the Beacon reported, suggested that counter-protesters shoot demonstrators with paintball guns, noting, “I’m thinking of a couple of paintball guns for identification.”
In January, O’Connor joined a few other Republicans and encouraged lawmakers to get back to work in person. With the literal global pandemic, state lawmakers have been able to work remotely and use video calling. According to local WMTW sales outlet, O’Connor said, “I believe when we are together and read each other’s body languages, we look at each other and look at each other face to face, that you are making a lot more of it and up making better laws that way. “
In another world, it would be a nice way to gain compassion and empathy for one another when people meet on an equal footing and face to face on human rights issues. You know, traits that would go a long way in not systematically excluding vulnerable, marginalized children from exercise.