Former public school teacher and current Texas state Rep. James Talarico (D) said Tuesday “modern science” recognizes there are “six” sexes.
During a public education committee meeting that heard testimony on Texas HB 4042, a bill to protect female-only sports in K-12 schools, Talarico, who has a master’s degree in education policy from Harvard, said:
The thing I want us all to be aware of is that, that modern science obviously recognizes there are many more than two biological sexes. In fact, there are six, which, honestly, Rep. [Cole] Hefner, surprised me, surprised me, too, because I, I, you know, am not well-versed in this, this issue area. I’m not a scientist, I’m a politician, a lot worse than a scientist.
However, amateur powerlifter Beth Stelzer, the founder of Save Women’s Sports, a coalition that seeks to preserve women’s sports for biological women, testified at the meeting, observing there have been “several scientific studies proving that the male advantage is immutable, and that there, in fact, are two sexes – they are dimorphic, XX, XY.”
“The other quote sex is mentioned are disorders of sexual development that are variants of XX or XY chromosome,” Stelzer added. “They are still disorders of male or female.”
If it wasn't recorded, you wouldn't believe us.
Texas representative @jamestalarico yesterday, "Modern science obviously recognizes that there are many more than 2 biological sexes, in fact, there are 6." @BethStelzer was quick to set the record straight. pic.twitter.com/IMwVSqaPaA
— Save Women's Sports (@SaveWomensSport) April 22, 2021
As Save Women’s Sports reported on its website, the coalition “does not fully endorse” HB 4042 “due to its lack of protections for college athletes.”
5 years ago if you would have said that I would be traveling the country to help make laws, I would have said you were out of your mind. Yet here I am.
What will you be telling future generations of females you did to protect their rights? #SaveWomensSports #warrior pic.twitter.com/IcKXTTJzLu
— Beth Stelzer (@BethStelzer) April 21, 2021
“This is about protecting female athletes and recognizing their accomplishments within their biological peer group,” said Texas Sen. Charles Perry (R), who authored the bill that would prohibit boys from competing in girls’ sports, regardless of their gender identity.
Under the legislation, girls could compete in a boys’ sport if a comparable female-only sport is not available.
State Sen. José Menéndez (D) opposed the bill, stating children with gender dysphoria “know they are not what their birth certificate says.”
“That’s why we’re creating a problem that we don’t need to,” he said, reported the Austin American-Statesman. “I think this concern for the student athlete needs to be for the whole student as well.”
However, Texas Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R), who played girls’ softball as a child and then collegiate golf, backs the bill.
“I believe that this is the women’s rights issue of our time,” she said.
That bill is now at the Texas House for consideration.