The Grace Brethren Catholic School decided to drop themselves from their own athletic conference because of a transgender policy that allowed biological males to compete against girls. The school, grades Pre-K to 12th grade originally planned on ditching the conference in the spring, due to traveling long distances for games and events. Grace Brethren sped up the process after a 2/3 vote granted transgender athletes to compete within their conference.
According to Breitbart News, the director of Grace Brethren School, George Hornickel, told media members that the newly passed transgender policy poses issues with the schools set values and beliefs. Ultimately bringing the school to the decision to leave the athletic conference.
“We are a Christian school and hold to the biblical teaching from Genesis 1:27 and other related passages which states, ‘So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them,’” Hornickel wrote in an email to the Post. “This is how it has been throughout the history of the world, and we believe there are only two sexes: male and female.”
George Hornikel expanded on his thoughts about allowing transgender athletes (In this case biological male vs biological female) competing, saying it is a “form of cheating,” and “gives them an advantage over girls teams who only play female athletes.”
The schools atlhletic conference (PVAC) President, Taisto Saloma, pushed the acceptance of the newly found policy. Claiming that their league will be committed to “honoring everyone’s identity.”
“It’s something we’ve, in this year in particular, spent a lot of time talking about: How can we make sure we are doing that in a space that is changing and evolving, as it is becoming more apparent to all of us as educators and people who work in schools?”
According to the Christian Post:
"GBCS’ departure from the PVAC comes at a time in which concerns have been raised about how the push to embrace transgender-inclusive policies in school athletics could infringe on the opportunities granted to girls and women.
In his communication with The Washington Post, Hornickel said that allowing biological males to compete with females ‘undermines’ Title IX, which was meant to create more opportunities for women.
‘When guys identifying as transgendered girls begin making up the rosters of female teams, girls who otherwise could have started are now coming off the bench, and girls who were the reserves may not make the teams,’ Hornickel explained."
Female competitors are becoming increasingly upset about the state of inclusion dealing with transgender athletes. While not many female athletes speak about the perceived unfairness, but the ones who do receive backlash from certain communities. Truly turning these situations into a double-edge-sword for biological women competitors.