Gender Equality in Sports

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Gender Equality in Sports

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Britton Shumaker started this petition to Representative Marsha Blackburn and

At my former middle school GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, less than a year ago today one of my best friends was denied a place on the cheerleading team for the simple fact that he was a boy. He wrote a respectful typed out paper to the principle towards the issue with the facts of why he should be able to take a place on the team. After multiple lies told to protect the so-called “image” of the school he was still denied a place on the cheerleading team. I had formerly set the issue to rest as it was now a new year, but after coming to the realization of there needs to be something done about this I have now put this petition up. While GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY may be a private school that should not give an advantage to them of getting away with this.

Most Tennessee high schools are refusing to allow certain genders on sports teams. For example, boys to cheer, and girls to play football. My current high school is hosting a Powder Puff event. When it comes to football most are familiar with the Powder Puffs. Powder Puff Football is flag or touch football played by women rather than men. This promotes sexism and homophobia.  Powderpuff games are condescending. They pretend to give girls a chance to play sports, while they actually give the message that girls playing sports is just a silly reversal of roles. A powder puff is a makeup tool. . . how is that not sexist?!  This activity is demeaning to boys, girls, and students that are struggling with transgender issues and identity as well as the whole LGBTQ community. This activity mocks transgender people and females. This is one of many examples that show this issue is rising and needs to end.

This is a huge problem that not only have I personally come across multiple occasions, but also happening around us on the daily. I am no longer putting up with this absurdity!

Sign to speak out against GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY and raise awareness for this issue in Tennessee high schools!

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