Trans Rights have become a regular topic in the news, as many are making adjustments to account for the large amount of Trans people come out in recent years. Thanks to several pushes for inclusion in popular culture and politics, a new generation of Trans people have stepped into the forefront. They need laws and regulations to insure they receive the same rights as all other Americans. While many strides are being made, Trans people still struggle to feel included. We’ve recently covered a few of these stories. Today Trans activist Caitlyn Jenner adds fuel to the fire ahead of her run for governor.
Back in March we reported on Jessica Yaniv, a Trans woman in Canada who went viral for claims that she was discriminated against by aestheticians who refused to wax her private areas. Reports at the time revealed that her claims were not genuine and she was asked to pay several fines for damages against the salons. The Tribunal reported “[Jessica] Yaniv manufactured the conditions for a human rights complaint when she demanded bikini waxes from several salons despite still having a full set of male genitalia.” Some worried that Yaniv’s conduct and claims were damaging to Trans movements going on in Vancouver.
Yaniv’s case echos various ones going on in the sporting world. Several sports organizations and even local governments have begun to deal with the question of weather those with biologically male bodies can compete in women’s sports.
In March, Mississippi passed a law banning trans women from competing in woman’s track and field at both the youth and collegiate level. Idaho and North Dakota are pushing for similar bills to be passed as well in the coming weeks. Those in favor of the bills state they are looking to protect scholarships and opportunities for women in those sports, since there are already few and far between. “I will sign our bill to protect young girls from being forced to compete with biological males for athletic opportunities,” tweeted Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on March 4.
Caitlyn Jenner weighed in on this issue when quizzed by TMZ. They approached the former olympian and reality star to find out her opinion on if Trans youth born biologically male should be allowed to participate in girls sports. Caitlyn, who recently announced she is running for Governor of California as a Republican, was against the inclusion of Trans girls in biological girls sports calling it “unfair”. “This is a question of fairness,” said Jenner, who in 1976 won gold at the Olympics. “That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school. It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”