Gov. Ron DeSantis proclamation: Florida swimmer who misplaced to trans athlete is 'rightful winner'

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation Tuesday declaring Sarasota native Emma Weyant the “rightful winner” after she misplaced to a transgender opponent within the NCAA 500-yard ladies’s freestyle swimming championship occasion.

The governor’s proclamation provides to the controversy surrounding the ladies’s collegiate swimming championship.

Weyant is an Olympic silver medalist who graduated of Riverview High School and now swims for the University of Virginia. She misplaced final week to Penn swimmer Lia Thomas, who became the first transgender athlete in any sport to win a NCAA Division I championship.

Thomas’s dominance in collegiate ladies’s swimming has amplified a fierce debate about transgender athletes, one which Weyant is now drawn into. Weyant didn’t reply to a voicemail or textual content message Tuesday.

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The governor’s proclamation states that “since she is a native Floridian from Sarasota, I, Ron DeSantis, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby declare in Florida that Emma Weyant is the rightful winner of the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s 500-yard Freestyle.”

DeSantis signed laws final 12 months prohibiting transgender athletes from taking part in ladies’s sports activities at the highschool and school ranges in Florida.

“Florida rejects the NCAA’s efforts to destroy women’s athletics, disapproves of the NCAA elevating ideology over biology, and takes offense at the NCAA trying to make others complicit in a lie,” DeSantis mentioned in Tuesday’s proclamation.

DeSantis talked about the proclamation throughout a press convention in Pasco County Tuesday, the place he additionally mentioned he will signal laws “relatively soon” that has been dubbed by critics the “Don’t Say Gay” invoice.

The laws states that “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

Employees of Disney staged a walkout Tuesday to protest the invoice and the corporate’s response to it.

LGBTQ rights organizations say the invoice might discriminate in opposition to homosexual and transgender people, and trigger a chilling impact in opposition to college students even discussing their LGBTQ households.

DeSantis mentioned Tuesday that critics of the invoice are supporting sexual instruction for younger children.

“Understand, if you are out protesting this bill you are by definition putting yourself in favor of injecting sexual instruction to 5-, 6- and 7-year-old kids,” DeSantis said. “I think most people think that’s wrong. I think parents especially think that’s wrong.”




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