Psaki on Biological Males Competing in Girls' Sports: ‘Trans Rights Are Human Rights’

By Melanie Arter | February 10, 2021 | 9:36am EST
Canadian cyclist Rachel McKinnon (C) celebrates her gold medal on the podium with bronze medalist Kirsten Herup Sovang (R) of Denmark and silver medalist Dawn Orwick (L) of the USA, for the F35-39 Sprint discipline of the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships, in Manchester on October 19, 2019. - Transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon has defended her right to compete in women's sport despite accepting trans athletes may retain a physical advantage over their rivals. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP)
Canadian cyclist Rachel McKinnon (C) celebrates her gold medal on the podium with bronze medalist Kirsten Herup Sovang (R) of Denmark and silver medalist Dawn Orwick (L) of the USA, for the F35-39 Sprint discipline of the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships, in Manchester on October 19, 2019. - Transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon has defended her right to compete in women's sport despite accepting trans athletes may retain a physical advantage over their rivals. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP)

(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that any guidance on how to handle disputes arising from transgender girls participating in high school sports, specifically as it applies to college scholarships for girls should be deferred to colleges and universities.

At a White House press briefing on Tuesday a reporter asked whether the administration has any guidance for schools on how to handle disputes arising from trans girls (biological males who identify as female) competing against and with cis girls (biological girls) when it comes to President Joe Biden’s executive action on preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.


REPORTER: On President Biden’s on transgender rights executive action, specifically when it applies to high school sports. What message would the WH have for trans girls and cis girls who might end up competing against each other in sparking some lawsuits and some concern among parents. So Does the administration have guidance for schools on dealing with disputes arising over trans girls competing against and with cis girls?

PSAKI: I’m not sure what your question is.

REPORTER: The executive order---

PSAKI: I’m familiar with the order, but what was your question about it?

REPORTER: My question is does the president have a message for local school officials in dealing with these disputes that are already starting to arise between trans girls who are competing and cis girls and a level playing field, particularly in high school sports when it leads to college scholarships? Is there any kind of messaging for clarification that the White House wants to give on the executive order?

PSAKI: I would just say that the president’s belief is that trans rights are human rights, and that’s why he signed that executive order. In terms of the determinations by universities and colleges, I’d certainly defer to them.

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