How Anti-Trans Bills Evoke The Culture Wars Of The 90s

How Anti-Trans Bills Evoke The Culture Wars Of The 90s
How Anti-Trans Bills Evoke The Culture Wars Of The 90s

How Anti-Trans Bills Evoke The Culture Wars Of The 90s

Proponents of trans female athlete bans struggle to cite examples of trans women or girls gaining an unfair advantage in sports competitions. But amid a lot of debate about fairness, there’s been less attention on science. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman spoke to a pioneering trans researcher who explains why — in most sports — trans women can compete fairly against cisgender women.

Behind a recent spate of anti-trans state laws, LGBTQ communities see a new chapter in a familiar story: the culture wars that broke out in America in the 1990s. A new episode of the FX documentary miniseries Pride examines that era. It was directed by Academy-Award nominee Yance Ford, who tells NPR why the culture wars of the 90s are so relevant today.

Additional reporting on the legal debate over Idaho’s ban on trans female athletes from our colleague Melissa Block.

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