Judge rules trans woman athlete must be allowed to compete with other women
JayCee Cooper won a landmark lawsuit proving USA Powerlifting discriminated against her. Plus the drugmaker slashing prices on insulin, and the latest anti-drag crusader caught, yup, doing drag
Thanks for rising up with me on this Thursday, March 2, 2023. Today is Claudette Colvin Day, named for the 83-year-old woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., on this day in 1955. She was 15, and it was nine months before Rosa Parks followed her example. In 2021, Colvin fought to get her name cleared, the record of her arrest expunged, and won. Her story is here.
Here Now the News:
JUDGE RULES USA POWERLIFTING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST TRANS WOMAN ATHLETE: In a huge victory for transgender athletes, a judge in Minnesota ruled USAPL illegally discriminated against JayCee Cooper and ordered the national sports body to immediately stop barring trans athletes from competing according to their gender identity. More details in my story for the Los Angeles Blade.
LANDMARK RULING: Ramsey County District Judge Patrick Diamond ordered USAPL to revise its discriminatory policies within two weeks, to allow trans women to compete with cisgender women athletes.
IT’S ONLY “FAIR:” USA Powerlifting has previously argued that they ban transgender women from participating due to “fairness.” The organization claimed trans women have developmental advantages, “including but not limited to increased body and muscle mass, bone density, bone structure, and connective tissue.” USAPL has not responded to my request for comment about the judge’s decision.
FOR THE RECORD: As I noted in my report, PinkNews reported in January that a new study commissioned by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport found trans women do not have any advantages over any other women, when competing in elite sport. So there ya go.
TRANS DISC GOLFER FILES DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT: Outsports
DISASTER AVERTED BY ALERT AIRPORT BAG SCREENER: Authorities in Pennsylvania say a man is under arrest and facing federal criminal charges after he checked a suitcase on a flight to Florida with an explosive device hidden in the lining, then fled the airport. —Politico
THE SUSPECT: Marc Muffley, 40, allegedly possessed an explosive and tried to place it on an aircraft by concealing it in his checked luggage.
WHEN AND WHERE: Monday at Lehigh Valley International Airport. Allegiant Air Flight 201 was bound for Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida.
FIELD TRIP FOR MURDAUGH JURY, CLOSING ARGUMENTS BEGIN: WJCL
JUDGE RULES STARBUCKS ENGAGED IN UNION BUSTING: Washington Post
How About Some Good News?
ELI LILLY PROMISES TO CUT PRICE OF INSULIN: The New York Times
BIPARTISAN EFFORT ON CAPITOL HILL TO SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY: Insider
SIRHAN SIRHAN, KILLER OF RFK, DENIED PAROLE, AGAIN: CNN
“HAVANA SYNDROME” MYSTERY REMAINS A MYSTERY: Not the work of a foreign government, say experts. —Washington Post
UKRAINE MAINTAINS HOLD ON EAST UNDER RUSSIAN ATTACK: Al Jazeera
HAIL TO THE CHIEF: NIGERIA’S NEW PRESIDENT, BOLA TINUBU —Al Jazeera
ARRESTS, RESIGNATIONS AFTER DEADLY TRAIN DISASTER IN GREECE: USA Today
GOP USING OHIO TRAINWRECK TO SMEAR BUTTIGIEG: Washington Post
TEXAS LAWMAKERS RECONSIDER BILL THAT WOULD HAVE BANNED CHINESE FROM BUYING HOMES: NBC News
ATTORNEY GENERAL MERRICK GARLAND GRILLED ON CAPITOL HILL:
SEN. JOSH HAWLEY (R-MO.) DEMANDS ANSWERS ABOUT ANTI-CATHOLIC BIAS IN FBI: Fox News
SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX) SAYS FBI TARGETS PRO-LIFE FOR ARREST: Also, unsurprisingly, Fox News
CROSSING A LINE: White House livid over Republican attacks on reputation of President Biden’s dead son, Beau —The Daily Beast
PRESIDENT MOCKS MTG: “Isn’t she amazing?” deadpanned Joe Biden, about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). She is certainly… something. —The Hill
CPAC IS THIS WEEKEND: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR TRUMP AND MAGA? —Politico
CHICAGO’S FRONT RUNNER FOR MAYOR: Paul Vallas is in a run-off. — NYT
NYC MAYOR DISSES SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: No, really! — NYT
WOMAN WHO FAKED HER RACIAL IDENTITY RESIGNS FROM QUAKER PROGRESSIVE GROUP: Raquel Saraswati, 39, AKA Rachel Elizabeth Seidel, was the chief equity, inclusion and culture officer of the American Friends Service Committee. That is, until she was exposed as being British, German and Italian, and not of Latin, South Asian and Arab descent. —NY Post
THIS NEXT STORY IS JUST GRUESOME: Someone did horrendous, horrible things to two dogs belonging to a woman in Connecticut. —WNYW-TV
OUT WRESTLER BUSTED ON GUN CHARGE DAYS AFTER ENGAGEMENT: Sonya DeVille, whose real name is Daria Berenato, was reportedly arrested in Atlantic City on Feb. 19 for unlawful weapon possession. A casino valet found the gun in her car’s glove box… which raises the question, what was he doing in her glove compartment, anyway? Berenato registered the gun in her home state of Florida, but didn’t have a permit to bring it to New Jersey. The wrestler reportedly bought the gun after she was the victim of a horrific home invasion in 2020. —Cageside Seats
ABOVE THE FOLD: Unlike The New York Times, which has been accused of anti-trans bias, the Washington Post is clearly paying attention to what’s happening to the transgender community. A prominent story about anti-trans legislation appeared at the very top of its site Thursday morning: “New state bills restrict transgender health care — for adults,” is the headline. “Until now, most legislation banning gender-affirming care targeted minors. This year, a growing number of bills would also limit access for adults.” —Washington Post
OKLAHOMA SENATE TO CONSIDER BAN ON ADULT GENDER AFFIRMING CARE: Erin Reed reports in her excellent Substack, Erin In The Morning.
TEXAS BILL WOULD RESTRICT WHICH COLLEGE SPORTS TEAMS TRANS ATHLETES CAN JOIN: Texas Tribune
REP. GEORGE SANTOS (R-N.Y.) BACKS ANTI-TRANS BILL IN U.S. HOUSE —Washington Blade
FLORIDA CONSIDERS NEW ANTI-TRANS BILL, RESTRICTING USE OF PRONOUNS IN SCHOOLS: WESH-TV
What a Drag!
ANALYSIS OF ANTI-DRAG ATTACKS: First Things (Thanks, Winifer Skattebol!)
VIDEO REVEALS TEXAS LAWMAKER WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF AN ANTI-DRAG BILL DID DRAG: NBC News
That’s all for today. Thanks for rising up with me!
I’ll be back later today with my exclusive review of The Mandalorian season three premiere, just for paid subscribers, as well as some exclusive info about Star Trek Picard season three, again, only for my paid subscribers!
For the rest of you, I’ll be back Sunday night with a fresh edition of Bedtime Stories. Until then, enjoy your weekend and may your news be good news!
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