What’s Current: Soccer star Megan Rapinoe signs petition to stop Protection of Girls and Women in Sports Act

  • Megan Rapinoe and retired WNBA star Sue Bird are among 40 athletes who signed a petition to stop the Protection of Girls and Women in Sports Act from becoming law. The bill, introduced in February, seeks to clarify Title IX by classifying athletes by biological sex. The letter reads:

“We believe that gender equity in sport is critical, which is why we urge policymakers to turn their attention and effort to the causes women athletes have been fighting for for decades, including equal pay, an end to abuse and mistreatment, uneven implementation of Title IX, and a lack of access and equity for girls of color and girls with disabilities, to name only a few. Our deepest hope is that transgender and intersex kids will never have to feel the isolation, exclusion and othering that H.R. 734 is seeking to enshrine into law.”

  • An influencer known for appearing in videos with his childhood friend and famed YouTuber MrBeast (Jimmy Donaldson) revealed he has been on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) since February. Chris Tyson, 26, came out as bisexual in 2020, explaining he experienced a lot of “backlash” from when he attempted to come out at 16. He married  Katie Tyson, a fellow influencer, in 2018. Last month, Chris announced he and Katie had been separated since 2022.
  • Assaults against women on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) are on the rise,  alongside general rising violent crime rates. Mebrat Beyene, the executive director at WISH Drop-In Centre Society, a non-profit organization that advocates harm reduction for prostituted women, explained to CTV News that many shelter options in Vancouver are for men, and that the “all-gendered shelters” are “usually male-dominant,” which she called “inherently unsafe.” Kimberly Corbett, the program manager at Atira’s Vancouver outreach program said, “I truly believe that in order to keep women safe, we have to give them somewhere to be safe.” Nonetheless these organizations oppose women-only spaces and allow trans-identified males into theirs.
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and is now exiled in Mexico with her very photogenic dog.