Critics Angry After Girls Get Injured By Transgender Athlete

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Women’s rights activists and former professional athlete Riley Gaines, criticized Democratic Governor Maura Healey of Massachusetts for a disturbing incident that involved a transgender male athlete.

Seen On Video

In a report from the Daily Mail,

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A transgender male athlete was caught on video inflicting injuries to female players during a basketball game in February.

Lazuli Clark

A student at Kipp Academy, Lazuli Clark, who is known for her significant height of being over six feet tall,

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Has been a participant in the women’s divisions of sports, including basketball, rowing, volleyball, track & field, and taekwondo.


A report from Quillette revealed that,

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Lazuli faced suspension from the women’s rowing team at a private club due to making inappropriate comments in the locker rooms  towards another female student.

Women’s Sports

It was further revealed that the athlete had participated in multiple other sports on women’s teams,

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And reportedly made unsettling comments to girls in the locker while they were changing their clothes.

October 12, 2022

The incident was outlined in a letter to the United States Rowing Association dated on October 12,2022, from 15 parents of the students,

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It was noted that Lazuli originally had competed poorly on the men’s team prior to joining the women’s team without adhering to the dress code.

Incident In The Locker Room

In a report from Quillette, the locker room situation led to the student being reported to the U.S. Center for SafeSport by team officials,

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This led to Lazuli Clark ultimately being banned from being a participant in rowing for either team.

Preferred pronouns

Gaines responded,

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“Stop letting these pervs hide behind preferred pronouns and blurred out images”

Sick Fetish

She said,

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“These girls were forced to participate in his sick fetish at the hands of @MassGovernor,”


Gaines responded,

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“This photo was proudly posted by the school therefore it’s public domain. Name and shame them. Lazuli Clark is a man that sexually harassed women,”

Parents Being Absence

Gaines raised questions about the absence of parents, specifically fathers, in this situation.

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She suggested that parents, especially fathers, should be advocating for their daughters againsts institutions, schools, and states that are allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports.

Policies That Are Inclusive

Several sports organizations and governing bodies have struggled with the difficulties of creating and implementing inclusive policies,

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While still addressing fairness concerns from athletes and families.

Participation Of Transgender Athletes

“Where are the dads of these girls?” Gaines asked. Critics of the unrestricted transgender participation in certain sports raise concerns about preserving a fair competition.

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They contend the differences biologically between male and female, such as muscle mass and bone density, can give a significant competitive advantage in certain athletic events, and could possibly affect the fairness of the competition.

Updated Regulations

Multiple entities have updated their rules and regulations to make accommodations for transgender athletes,

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Often incorporating eligibility criteria concerning hormone levels or undergoing gender transition procedures.

Implementing Laws

The discussion has expanded into the legal and legislative arenas,

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with certain states and countries deliberating or passing laws that put restrictions on transgender people from competing in sports that align with their gender identity.

Transgender Athletes

The debate over transgender athletes highlights the need for informed and respectful discussions.

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It is critical for stakeholders to be involved in constructive conversations that take into consideration the varying perspectives, experiences, and rights of all individuals that are involved.


These measures have sparked additional debates and legal challenges,

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Highlighting the complex nature of trying to balance inclusion with fairness for the athletes in the competition.

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