A Vermont Christian college has been barred from collaborating in future tournaments related to a state athletic group after it forfeited a ladies basketball recreation final month as a result of the opposing group had a transgender athlete.
Mid Vermont Christian College in Hartford was knowledgeable Monday that it violated anti-discrimination policies of the Vermont Principals’ Affiliation when it forfeited the match. The college is due to this fact now not capable of compete in future tournaments that the VPA sanctions.
“The VPA once more reiterates its ongoing help of transgender student-athletes as not solely part of constructing an inclusive group for every pupil to develop and thrive, but additionally as a transparent expectation by Vermont state law(s) within the Agency of Education Best Practices, and in VPA Policy relating to transgender pupil athletes,” the VPA said in a statement asserting its determination.
It wasn’t clear how lengthy the ban, which was described as speedy, will stay in impact. A consultant with the VPA didn’t instantly reply to a HuffPost request for remark.
The pinnacle of Mid Vermont Christian College, Vicky Fogg, mentioned the college is dissatisfied with the VPA’s determination and can enchantment.
“Cancelling our membership will not be an answer and does nothing to take care of the very actual problem of security and equity dealing with ladies’s sports activities in our beloved state. We urge the VPA to rethink its insurance policies, and steadiness the rights of each athlete within the state,” Fogg mentioned in a press release shared with HuffPost Wednesday.
Mid Vermont Christian College refused to play Lengthy Path College in Dorset on Feb. 21 throughout the ladies state basketball playoffs.
Fogg confirmed with local news outlets on the time that the group determined to not take part “as a result of we imagine enjoying in opposition to an opponent with a organic male jeopardizes the equity of the sport and the protection of our gamers.”
Greater than a dozen states have enacted legal guidelines or issued statewide guidelines that may prohibit or restrict transgender sports activities participation. Supporters of such guidelines argue that permitting transgender athletes who had been born male to compete in feminine sports activities offers the athletes an unfair bodily benefit over cisgender ladies and ladies.
Opponents say the foundations are pushed by misguided stereotypes and concern, and that barring transgender athletes is sexual discrimination that will increase the danger of bullying, harassment and social isolation.
A consultant with Lengthy Path College didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.