If We Could All Unclench, There’s Common Ground to Be Found on Transgender Athletes

Participants walk in the 2015 Fargo-Moorhead Pride parade. Forum file photo

MINOT, N.D. — We, as a society, care too much about scholastic sports. Whether it’s at the K-12 or collegiate levels, athletics programs are a drain on, and distraction from, the academic missions of our educational institutions.

But I’ll leave that Sisyphean argument for another column.

Let’s talk about the quandary posed by transgender athletes. On one hand, it’s a positive that our trans friends and neighbors are coming out of the shadows. They’ve lived there too long.

On the other, their emergence into the light has created some public policy issues in areas where our society organizes itself around binary genders.

Like public bathrooms. Or sports.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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