There have been many moments in our history where brave Canadians have been called upon to stand up for the rights of women and girls.
The interests of women and girls are being forced to take a backseat to politically-inspired gender identity policies that place the demands of trans activists ahead of everything else. The integrity of women’s sport, the safety of female prisoners, and the future happiness of young girls suffering from gender dysphoria are just some of the ways women’s priorities are endangered by federal laws and policies that say that gender identity matters more than biological sex.
Moreover Canadians who care about these issues are being intimidated into silence in our climate of ideological conformity – but not MLI.
Linda Blade, Ph.D., Sport Performance Coach and author of MLI’s Breaking the silence: Female athletes speak about safe and fair sport in Canada, is leading a fundraising campaign to support MLI’s thought leadership defending the interests of women and girls against the onslaught of gender ideology. For every $5 raised by the public, Coach Blade and a private donor will each donate $1 to this cause (to a maximum of $5K each), to turn $25K in donations into $35K!
A growing body of evidence from around the world has revealed the damage caused to women and girls by an uncritical embrace of the demands of gender activists and the denial of the reality of biological sex. Canadian politicians will not speak openly about this issue. MLI, by contrast, exists to ensure there is a fearless voice putting reason and evidence at the heart of policy debates that matter. The interests and rights of women and girls is one policy area that desperately needs such a voice. Will you help make sure MLI’s voice is heard on this issue?
“The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is just about the only institution in Canada speaking with expertise and moral courage about the impacts of Canada’s current gender identity policy. As a responsible nation, we cannot address the needs of one vulnerable population at the expense of other vulnerable populations.
We must find a third way that protects the interests of everyone. Through independent, non-partisan research and fearless thought leadership, MLI is paving the way for better public policy.”
Data from the MLI report, Fair Game: Biology, Fairness, and Transgender Athletes in Women’s Sport by Jon Pike, Emma Hilton and Leslie A. Howe, was cited by Dr. Phil on his program. The data quantifies the extensive biological advantages of male athletes, compared to female athletes, including an average of:
Thanks to MLI’s report, empirical data about the biological differences between male and female athletes was shared with Dr. Phil’s audience of millions.
In this MLI commentary, April Kitzul, former Parole Officer and Correctional Program Officer, discusses the impact of Bill C-16, which allows the transfer of trans-identified male prisoners into women’s prisons. Kitzul reveals that:
In this MLI paper, Jo Phoenix examines the impact of federal policy CD100, which incarcerates prisoners by their identified gender instead of biological sex. The paper reveals:
In this MLI commentary, Jon Pike critiques the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) policy paper Transgender Women Athletes and Elite Sport: A Scientific Review, arguing that:
Doctors have gone silent on gender dysphoria, says Shawn Whatley in a National Post op-ed, arguing that:
Doctors and parents need to rethink ‘gender-affirming care’ for children, argues David Zitner in the National Post:
In this MLI commentary, David Zitner examines the American Academy of Pediatric Guidelines, arguing that:
In A Level Playing Field: Sex, gender and fairness in women’s sports, an expert panel, including Linda Blade, President of Athletics Alberta, discuss how to include everyone in sports without compromising fairness for women’s athletes.
Topics covered include:
View the panel discussion involving top athletes, sports officials, scientists and ethicists to consider the available evidence and policy options, and to promote a broader debate about the issue.
Polling commissioned by MLI shows that a substantial majority of Canadians support separate male and female categories in sports and have concerns about the fairness of allowing transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports.
Though the science is clear that males benefit from biological advantages, many of which remain present in transwomen athletes, little was known about what most Canadians actually think until this poll was conducted.
MLI’s polling results are consistent with US and UK research. A US Gallop poll revealed that 62 percent of Americans believe that, in competitive sport, transgender athletes should only be allowed to “play on sports teams that match their birth gender.” A YouGov poll revealed that 55 percent of Britons opposed “transgender women” participating in “women’s sporting events.”
In the MLI paper, Fair Game: Biology, fairness and transgender athletes in women’s sport, authors Jon Pike, Emma Hilton, and Leslie A. Howe examine the International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines on the participation of transgender athletes in women’s competitions. Findings include:
The authors recommend a new way to conceive of sports categories: an “open” category in which anyone can participate who wishes to, and a “female” category reserved for those born biologically female.