On Wednesday, President Biden signed a flurry of 14 ‘Day One’ Executive Orders, most of which are targeted at walking back President Trump’s agenda – such as stopping border wall construction, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, rejoining the World Health Organization, and ending the Keystone XL pipeline.
One of the orders, titled “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation,” has been advertised as providing workplace protections for gay and transgender individuals. The EO, however, also reinstates the Obama-era Title IX regulations which allow biologically male transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports – a topic of heated debate as biologically female competitors continue suffer defeat at the hands of individuals with a well-established physical advantage.
US President Trump famously ended the Title IX transgender provisions, saying that the Obama administration falsely identified sex as “gender identity” vs. “biological gender.”
The Biden EO also allows athletes with gender dysphoria to hang out in the locker room of their choice.
“Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love. Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” reads the Executive Order.