USA Today Bows To Pressure, Alters Column By Female Track Star Who Speaks Out Against Transgender Athletes

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Throughout an opinion piece written by Alliance Defending Freedom client Chelsea Mitchell, USA Today has changed all uses of the word “male” to “transgender,” saying that they “regret” the “hurtful language.” The article also now carries an “editor’s note” at the top of it as well.

The article by Mitchell, published on May 22, speaks about the difficulty biological women have in competing against transgender athletes who take spots from them.

“That experience is why three of my fellow female athletes and I filed a lawsuit last year with Alliance Defending Freedom against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC): because girls and women shouldn’t be stripped of their right to fair competition,” Mitchell wrote.

As the article points out, in 2017, 2018 and 2019, a pair of males who identify as female took 15 women’s state track championship titles. The males also took away more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher level competitions that belonged to female track athletes.

“That’s wrong. And it chips away at women’s confidence and our belief in our own abilities,” Mitchell wrote.

“It’s happened to me over and over. Every time I walk up to the starting line, I try to tell myself that I can overcome the unfair odds — I can win, even though the race is stacked against me.

“But besides the psychological toll of experiencing unfair losses over and over, the CIAC’s policy has more tangible harms for women. It robs girls of the chance to race in front of college scouts who show up for elite meets, and to compete for the scholarships and opportunities that come with college recruitment. I’ll never know how my own college recruitment was impacted by losing those four state championship titles to a male. When colleges looked at my record, they didn’t see the fastest girl in Connecticut. They saw a second- or third-place runner.”

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. Sorry Chelsea. You simply don’t place high enough on the woke matrix. Use this as an actual “teachable moment” as you you move through your adult life. It may not seem like it, but based on the fact that you decided to take a stand on this issue you are already way ahead of many in your peer group.

  2. USA Today being worried about hurting feelings of the hypersensitive woke brigades with this piece is hilarious. That crowd was already offended 50 times about something or other before they even got to this article. They get out of bed with a default setting of OFFENDED. Being offended is their pastime.

  3. What is the total global percentage of transgenders? Women (the real ones) make up at or near 50% of the world’s population. So why the catering to such a small percentage of the population? Liberals ruin everything.

  4. When a paranoid schizophrenic hears voices we tell them they aren’t there and try to treat them. Why do we indulge people that think they are the opposite sex instead of do the same. Do I have compassion for these people? Yeah I feel for them but how is letting them lop off organs or add them help them. The best course of action would be therapy and god. These folks need saving not surgery.

  5. I don’t understand this. How can they edit what *she said*? If they change the words, that’s not what she said – it’s not the quote. The edits render the story inaccurate. It shouldn’t matter if USA today considers the term “hurtful language” would they apply this in other circumstances? Totally Orwellian.

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