Poe’s Perspective: Restricting trans girls from sports is ridiculous

first_imgDue to the perception of the type of body that is “best” at sports, most people who make this an issue center the discussion on trans women who compete in female sports divisions. Thus, the debate mainly targets trans women, easily one of the most persecuted and discriminated groups out of our entire population. It wasn’t those tall girls’ fault that I didn’t make varsity. It wasn’t my fault, either. They were born into their bodies, and I was born into mine, and that was OK. I played JV for two years, made friends who I never would’ve talked to without basketball, and my parents got to come to every single game. I had fun. Regulating trans bodies without regulating all other bodies is discriminatory, period. That part of this argument is rather simple. But the more complex issue is the moral side of it — the fact that we, as a society, are even discussing keeping a kid out of sports. When it comes to the debate of how to classify trans athletes, I wish this was the focus of more conversations. Stop worrying about who wins the high school track meet. Focus more on who gets to play ball. This week, the American Civil Liberties Union published an article detailing why it is both illegal and immoral to ban trans girls from school sports. When I saw the headline, I was shocked to find out that banning young girls was even a consideration. Most people grew up playing sports. Some loved it, some hated it. Some got picked last in gym, some went on to become varsity captains. For a lot of people, sports were just a way to kill time when they were young — pick-up games at recess, recreational teams in elementary school, cross country in high school to stay in shape. But many of us loved sports when we were younger, which is why we love them so much today and why sport remains one of the most powerful industries in the world. In reality, I shouldn’t have been surprised. This debate is at the forefront of many intersectional discussions of gender and sport. Martina Navratilova — an LGBTQ+ icon in sports — even took time earlier this year to speak out against transgender athletes competing against cisgender athletes, citing the “unfairness” of the situation. I played junior varsity basketball in high school. I played JV because I was 5-foot-10 on a good day and played post against girls who towered over me by three or four inches. Most games, I just did my best to front the girl I was defending and keep her from getting the ball. I fouled out. A lot. I did my best to compensate with speed and skill, but I wasn’t quick enough, and my hook shot wasn’t reliable enough to balance out my size.center_img Honestly, who are we to tell a kid they can’t play at the elementary, middle or high school level? Who are we to take one of the greatest parts of being kid away from someone just because of the body they were born into? I remember what it was like to be little and just love sports. I wasn’t the greatest athlete as a kid — my dad still swears I didn’t learn how to run properly until middle school — but I was strong and stubborn enough to keep up with most of the girls and even some of the guys in my class. There was nothing better than kickball at recess or dodgeball day in gym class. This conversation is only getting started, and I guarantee that over the coming years it will be brought into legislative and legal battles. But as we continue to move forward in this discussion, I hope we can focus on the humanity, not the trophies, that are connected to it. Think of the kids first, the kids who just want to play ball. At the end of the day, they’re what matters most. The trans girls who this debate focuses on can’t help it either. They were born into their bodies, and that’s not their fault. They just want to play. Maybe they just want to be part of a team, a strong group of girls who they can confide in and rely on. Maybe they do want to compete at a higher level. Maybe they just love to play, the way that many of us have loved to play sports our whole lives. Julia Poe is a senior writing about her personal connection to sports. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs weekly on Thursdays. The fact that only trans women are targeted by this debate is only one of the biggest holes in its logic. There are a lot of parts of this discussion that frustrate me and confuse me and just make me want to cry. The main issue, however, is the concept of denying children’s access to sport.last_img read more

SBC Bookies Corner: Grab’em by the Midterms

first_img Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Billed as the most important midterm elections in modern US history, this 6 November US states decide their representatives for the House & Senate. Can the Democrats secure their much desired ‘Blue Wave’, or have polls underestimated President Trump yet again? Furthermore, will Midterms 2018 showcase the lead cast for the US  2020 General Election… SBC gets the bookies lowdown!  __________________Katie Baylis – BetfairSBC: The majority of midterm polls indicate a ‘Democrat blue wave’. How confident can Democrats be of flipping the House and Senate, or will history simply repeat 2016 proceedings?  Katie Baylis (UK & Europe PR Lead Betfair): With polls indicating the Democrats are on target for a majority in the House of Representatives, it’s no surprise that punters on Betfair Exchange see it that way as well. A Democrat Majority is currently at odds of 4/9 or a 69% chance, with a Republican Majority at 2/1 or a 31% chance.The battle of the Senate is a tougher proposition for the Democrats of course and they are a long shot at 13/1 to or just a 7% chance of gaining a majority, but if they can take the House of Representatives then we are set for fireworks over the next term with President Trump’s plans sure to be blocked and delayed at every turn, leading to an even more tumultuous pollical climate in the States than ever before.Sarbjit Bakhshi – SmarketsSBC: At a market-level, what are the most hotly contested 2018 gubernatorial races. What states should political punters be monitoring?Sarbjit Bakhshi – Smarkets (Head of Politics – Smarkets): At a state-level, Smarkets sees three intriguing gubernatorial races, which pitch Republican Trump-MAGA stalwarts against fresh Democrat faces.First up,  the Florida Governor Election has been regarded as a toss-up race between two partisan contenders for the Senate, Congressman Ron DeSantis (Republican) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (Democrat).Our market has Gillum last traded at 68%, which indicates that the black Democrat backed by Bernie Sanders will take the seat. DeSantis is strongly aligned with Trump and his ‘Make America Great Again’ programme.Meanwhile, the Georgia race between Stacey Abrams (Democrat) versus Brian Kemp (Republican) is particularly intriguing. If Abrams wins, she will be the first female African-American Governor in US history. At present Smarkets,  has Abrams at 44% against Kemp, but this race is regarded as a toss-up by most political commentators even if Democrats haven’t won a major statewide office in Georgia since 2000.Finally, Nevada is just too close to call, who will replace outgoing Republican Governor Brian Sandoval.At present we are leaning to the Democrats, as Adam Laxalt (Republican) last traded at 49% against Steve Sisolak (Democrat) at 56%. There is another deep ideological split in this race with Laxalt garnering the support of Trump and Sisolak wanting to support the marijuana industry in the StateMatt Shaddick – LadbrokesSBC: Will the midterms reveal US 2020’s Presidential Candidates for both the Democrat and Republican parties. Which US runner has caught the public’s attention?Matt Shaddick (Head of Politics – Ladbrokes): Whilst these midterm elections look likely to be the biggest ever in terms of betting interest, they probably won’t impact the 2020 Presidential race all that much.Even if the Republicans do much worse than expected, there doesn’t seem all that much danger to Trump being the nominee.On the Democrat side, the one new runner to emerge has been Beto O’Rourke, Ted Cruz’s opponent in Texas. A narrow loss might be the best scenario for those who got on the Beto 2020 bandwagon early and at big prices.Joe Lee – Paddy PowerSBC: Does a Republican loss of the House & Senate, necessarily lead to a Trump impeachment and resignation? Is this Democrat wishful thinking… Has President Trump been underestimated yet again?Joe Lee (Head of Trump Betting – Paddy Power): A few weeks out from midterm madness, the words ‘Trump’ and ‘Impeachment’ are forced back together like an aged boyband trying to rekindle glories past.The balance of power in both the House and the Senate are back up for grabs which some believe will pave the way for Trump to be impeached. The US Constitution allows for Impeachment of a sitting President when the House of Representatives votes in favour by a majority followed by a trail in the Senate. If the individual is found guilty in the Senate by two-thirds or more, then they are removed from office.Currently, Paddy Power bet 4/11 (73%) that the Democrats hold a House majority after these midterms. That could be step one in pushing an impeachment case to the Senate where things may come a cropper.The Democrats are seen as 9/1 underdogs (10%) to hold control of the Senate. You’re looking at some fancy prices to have both of these happen couples with an Impeachment, which means the Democrats are most likely going to continue to be Trumped for now…at least until 2020! Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020last_img read more

Lauderhill Woman Attacked by Animal, Possibly a Bobcat

first_imgA Broward woman is in the hospital this morning after being attacked by an animal while out for a morning walk in Lauderhill. #BREAKING – A husband and wife in Lauderhill have been transported to the hospital after they were attacked by an animal believed to be a bobcat. https://t.co/XeV05Wq9zQ— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) October 4, 2019 Fire rescue says the animal may have been a bobcat and the woman is being treated for serious injuries. Officials said the woman’s husband suffered a leg injury trying to protect her during the attack.He was also transported to the hospital in unknown condition.last_img

Red welt over eye, Olympic gold in hand

first_imgWORLD CHAMPION—United States’ Jordan Ernest Burroughs kisses his gold medal after men’s 74-kg freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 10, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Then he waltzed into a room packed with reporters and turned on the charm. Even with a bright red welt throbbing over his left eye, his joy was unmistakable.“Did it make any difference that you were wrestling an Iranian?” a reporter asked, mining the geopolitical angle.“If the Queen of England stepped out onto the mat,” Burroughs replied mischievously, “I’d probably double-leg her.”With each answer, he looked and sounded like the star his sport desperately needs. A smart, funny bundle of energy who dreamed up the Twitter handle (at)alliseeisgold a year ago, Burroughs turned out to be just as comfortable behind a microphone as he is at his keyboard.“How will you resist the money MMA (mixed martial arts) is going to throw at you?”“I got another at least five years of wrestling in me, so I’m definitely going to Rio. That’s the goal right now,” Burroughs said. “Plus, I’m not as tough off the mat as I am on it. I’ve never been in a fight before in my life and I’m pretty scared to get punched in the face.”“You said you wanted to be an American hero. Are you?”“I guess we’ll see in the morning,” Burroughs said, his widening grin revealing a wrestler’s cauliflower ears, puffy and misshapen after years of scar tissue growing over cut after cut.“How much is this win likely to do for wrestling?”“Poker is on ESPN more than wrestling,” he said, somehow smiling even wider, “and I just drew a royal flush.”A half-hour was barely enough. Burroughs could go on this way forever, but you get the point. The problem is that the U.S. wrestling and boxing teams used to be full of guys like him, world champions who were as talented as they were dedicated and entertaining. No more.Some are siphoned off by the better paydays in mixed martial arts and ultimate fighting.Burroughs isn’t going there, at least not right away. But U.S. coach Zeke Jones knows every day he has him around, the program will be an easier sell.“He hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential. He’s already a much better freestyler today than he was a year ago, because he’s learning the game, learning the tactics,” Jones said. “He loves being the ambassador. He’s only going to get a lot better.”It used to be that USA Wrestling needed little help to keep its best in the system. But fewer and fewer prospects these days are willing to endure the low-budget living for long. The lack of depth and the continued strength of traditional rivals Russia and Iran eventually caught up with the U.S. men’s team.They won only a single gold medal in the three previous games and Burroughs —the reigning world champion, who came in with 38 straight wins before adding four in a row Friday—was considered the only lock.Things are more hopeful on the freestyle side. Though the team is light on international experience, it qualified wrestlers in all but one of the 14 weight classes and the sport remains popular at the high school level, though funding at colleges is shakier every year. In a bid to add some buzz, USA Wrestling staged a wrestle-off for the last spot on the men’s team in Times Square and a new booster program called “Living the Dream Medal Fund’ will pay Burroughs $250,000 for his Olympic gold.Only a year ago, he was still “a poor college kid” at Nebraska, occasionally forced to choose between a midnight snack or a gallon of gas for his old beater of a car.“Are you going to get that Audi you’ve been talking about?” Burroughs was asked at one point.“My mom,” he said, “might want me to take her shopping first.” by Jim LitkeLONDON (AP)—You wouldn’t know by watching Jordan Burroughs that Americans can’t fight anymore.Not the men, anyway. And not at these Olympics.Just three days after the U.S. men’s boxing team exited the games empty-handed for the first time, the best and cockiest middleweight freestyler in the world guaranteed the men’s wrestling team wouldn’t do the same. With a partisan crowd at the ExCel trading chants like punches and the clock running down in each of the first two rounds, Burroughs coolly executed a double-leg takedown of Iran’s Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi to lock up the gold medal match.last_img read more