How Anti-Trans Bills Evoke Culture Wars Of The 90s : Consider This from NPR Proponents of trans female athlete bans struggle to cite examples of trans women or girls gaining an unfair advantage in sports competitions. But amid a lot of debate about fairness, there's been less attention on science. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman spoke to a pioneering trans researcher who explains why — in most sports — trans women can compete fairly against cisgender women.

Behind a recent spate of anti-trans state laws, LGBTQ communities see a new chapter in a familiar story: the culture wars that broke out in America in the 1990s. A new episode of the FX documentary miniseries Pride examines that era. It was directed by Academy-Award nominee Yance Ford, who tells NPR why the culture wars of the 90s are so relevant today.

Additional reporting on the legal debate over Idaho's ban on trans female athletes from our colleague Melissa Block.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

How Anti-Trans Bills Evoke The Culture Wars Of The 90s

How Anti-Trans Bills Evoke The Culture Wars Of The 90s

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Opponents of several bills targeting transgender youth attend a rally on March 30 at the Alabama State House to draw attention to anti-transgender legislation introduced in the state. Julie Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Opponents of several bills targeting transgender youth attend a rally on March 30 at the Alabama State House to draw attention to anti-transgender legislation introduced in the state.

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Proponents of trans female athlete bans struggle to cite examples of trans women or girls gaining an unfair advantage in sports competitions. But amid a lot of debate about fairness, there's been less attention on science. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman spoke to a pioneering trans researcher who explains why — in most sports — trans women can compete fairly against cisgender women.

Behind a recent spate of anti-trans state laws, LGBTQ communities see a new chapter in a familiar story: the culture wars that broke out in America in the 1990s. A new episode of the FX documentary miniseries Pride examines that era. It was directed by Academy-Award nominee Yance Ford, who tells NPR why the culture wars of the 90s are so relevant today.

Additional reporting on the legal debate over Idaho's ban on trans female athletes from our colleague Melissa Block.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, Brianna Scott, Mallory Yu and Lee Hale. It was edited by Patrick Jarenwattananon and Sami Yenigun with help from Wynne Davis and Melissa Block. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.