PAC supports policies that many states have enacted into law, policies that opponents say harm trans youth.
Nine PAC — the name is a reference to Title 9, a law that mandates the inclusion of women in school exercise programs — is the brainchild of Eli Bremmer, a former Olympic Olympian of Colorado Springs. He says the goal is to donate to 100 congressional candidates before the midterm elections.
“This is nothing more than saying that under federal law, women under Title IX have and must maintain the integrity of their sport,” said Bremer. “These sports should be preserved for the sake of biological women so that girls can compete with other biological girls for scholarships. is.”
Trans people and their advocates consider terms like “biological woman” to be imprecise and often offensive, especially when used to exclude trans people from their gender. Colorado protects the right of trans people to participate in school sports. However, 18 other states have enacted laws or regulations that limit or prohibit their participation. Opponents say it harms transgender youth who are already vulnerable to bullying and discrimination in other areas of life.
Bremmer also made opposing transgender women in sports a centerpiece of her unsuccessful U.S. Senate candidacy earlier this year.
Maike Babel, a former professional tennis player from Germany, wrote in an op-ed for his candidacy:
“Compared to cisgender athletes, transgender athletes face rules of discrimination and marginalization that cisgender people do not understand. Transgender athletes play like other athletes. Those who fight to be themselves on and off the field and court are role models of inner strength and resilience.As an athlete and as a human being, when you surround yourself with people who accept you for who you are. We learn from each other.”
Three Republican candidates pledged to support the PAC’s goals, including preventing transgender female athletes from participating in women’s sports, and collected novelty checks from the group.
On launch night, Colorado’s three Republican candidates made a verbal pledge to support the group’s goals and collect the oversized $2,900 novelty check that Nine PAC will give to the campaign — Colorado’s new eighth. Barbara Kirkmeyer, who is running for Congress, Eric Ardlund, who is running for CO-7, and Steve Monaghan, who is running for House District 6.
All three pledged to work to prevent transgender female athletes from participating in women’s sports or using women’s locker rooms.
Aadland said he has three children, including two daughters, and is running to defend their future.
“The problem is that we have lost common sense as a society,” he said. “The fact that we are having this discussion here tonight, and that it is occupying the airwaves, is almost unbelievable to me. It is.”
The pledge was administered by former All-American swimmer Riley Gaines, who co-chairs the PAC with Bremmer.
Gaines has been a major opponent of the inclusion of transgender athletes in NCAA women’s events. While she competed for the University of Kentucky, Gaines placed fifth in the 200-yard freestyle with University of Pennsylvania swimmer Leah Thomas. The day before, Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle and won the national championship.
“I was waiting for someone to say something, because as a 22-year-old girl, I didn’t necessarily feel like I belonged.” I don’t feel ready for all this yet, but I’m so tired of waiting, so I decided to talk about how crazy this is.”
In an interview with ABC News, Thomas delayed his transition to swimming for fear of losing competitive swimming opportunities, and began hormone therapy after enduring debilitating depression during his sophomore year.
“Transgender people don’t transition for athletics,” she told ABC. The transition of will not affect our decision.”
Since then, World Swimming’s governing bodies have effectively banned transgender women from participating in women’s events.
One Republican consultant called the PAC’s focus “issue number 742,000.” Colorado’s first transgender legislator says PAC is “a problem asking for a problem.”
While campaigning for a Senate nomination by the Republican Party earlier this year, Bremmer made getting involved in transsports central to his campaign. But Tyler Sandberg, a Republican political consultant, said it’s certainly not the first issue that comes to mind for most Republican voters in Colorado.
“I think fairness in sports is something that everyone cares about. “Inflation, cost of living, crime. These issues fuel debate in the Capitol and family discussions at the dinner table.”
While not a top priority for most voters, Sandberg doesn’t think PAC’s endorsement will necessarily hurt these candidates. Nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose allowing transgender women and girls to compete on women’s sports teams, according to a recent NPR/Ipsos poll.
That said, Sandberg doesn’t expect these Republican candidates to make it a priority should they win. “Because the policy is right and should focus on lowering the cost of living and improving public safety.”
If they win and take up the issue, they won’t be the only ones in the delegation. Western Rep. Lauren He Beaubert, a Republican congressman on his slope, introduced a number of anti-trans legislation during his first term in office, including a bill to strip Leah Thomas of his national status. No one was going anywhere in the Democrat-controlled House.
At the state level, Republican lawmakers in Colorado have not focused on transgender issues. It is showing moves to expand the rights of transgender people, such as allowing languages.
Democratic Rep. Briana Titone, Colorado’s first transgender legislator, says the PAC is a problem looking for problems.
“It’s not an epidemic of transgender women coming out as transgender to compete in sports and beat everyone else. It’s absurd,” he said. Titone said it was another way to discriminate against school kids who just wanted to.
“We don’t have enough transgender people in our community to know who we are. , it’s easy to perpetuate those tropes,” Titone said.
Bremer maintains that Nine PAC is not anti-transgender, claiming: This is to protect the integrity of women’s sport. “
He said he sees PAC as part of a long-term effort to educate people.