Across the world, country after country is witnessing the march of gender ideology through its institutions. From Canada to Australia, Scotland, the United States and elsewhere, gender activism is challenging the way we define what a woman is and opening up to biological males spaces and activities previously reserved for biological females.
Yet while these changes are a revolution in public policy, to date the think tank community has remained largely silent, and by its silence acquiesced in the agenda of the gender ideologues while vulnerable women and girls have been left to pay the costs. Those costs include male-bodied athletes in women’s sport, male-bodied inmates in women’s prisons, and a health care system that has thrown caution to the wind, guiding vulnerable minors towards irreversible surgical and pharmaceutical procedures in the name of “transitioning”.
While many think tanks are being intimidated into silence in the current climate of ideological conformity, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute is not one of them. Our work has brought some of the world’s leading biologists, sports ethicists, corrections experts and medical practitioners into the spotlight to expose the impact of gender activism on public policy and institutions. Our work has appeared on international platforms, such as the Dr. Phil show, seen by millions in the USA and elsewhere.
Now, on the occasion of Women’s History Month, international sport expert Linda Blade, Ph.D., co-author of Unsporting: How Trans Activism and Science Denial are Destroying Sport, is leading a fundraising campaign to support MLI’s thought leadership in favour of the rights and interests of women and girls and against the capture of institutions around the world by gender ideology. For every $5 raised by the public, Coach Blade and a private donor will each donate $1 to this cause, turning $25K in donations into $35K!
“The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is one of the only think tanks anywhere speaking with expertise and moral courage about the impacts of ideologically-based gender identity policy. Responsible public policy does not address the needs of one vulnerable population at the direct 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.”
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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.