White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden’s executive order that prohibits schools from preventing transgender students from participating in sports.
“I would just say that the president’s belief is that trans rights are human rights and that’s why he signed that executive order. And in terms of the determinations by universities and colleges, I’d certainly defer to them,” Psaki said at Tuesday’s briefing.
QUESTION: On President Biden’s transgender rights executive actions, specifically when it applies to high school sports, what message would the White House have for trans girls and cis girls who may end up competing against each other and sparking lawsuits and some concern among parents? So does the administration have guidance for schools in dealing with disputes rising over trans girls competing against and with cis girls?
PSAKI: I’m not sure what your question is.
QUESTION: The president’s executive order had–
PSAKI: — I’m familiar with the order, but what was your question about it?
QUESTION: My question is does the president have a message for local school officials in dealing with these kind of disputes that are already starting to rise between, you know, trans girls who are competing and cis girls innate level playing field, particularly in high school sports when it leads to college scholarships. Is there any kind of messaging or clarification that the White House wants to give on the executive order?
PSAKI: I would just say that the president’s belief is that trans rights are human rights and that’s why he signed that executive order. And in terms of the determinations by universities and colleges, I’d certainly defer to them.