Scott Love, the librarian at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library in Davis, California, shut down a Sunday event protected by free speech laws.
The unusual order to disband came just 10 minutes into the program, after the first speaker referred to transgender athletes competing in women’s sports as male.
“Current 10-year-old girls cannot live out the same dream [I had] as long as men are allowed to compete in women’s sports,” Sophia Lorey, a former NCAA athlete and outreach coordinator for CA Family Council said at Sunday’s event.
The statement was termed “misgendering” and prompted the librarian to interrupt the speech and then shut down the event.
“I was cut off and told by the librarian I would be removed, so then I continued talking saying ‘biological girls’ and ‘biological men’ to finish sharing my story,” Lorey wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “The librarian then told me to leave and if I won’t leave he will shut the entire meeting down.”
The speaking engagement was organized by Moms for Liberty (MFL), Yolo County. Featured speakers included scholars connected with the Interscholastic Federation (CIF), NCAA athletes, and “legal experts on Title IX,” according to Fox News.
The focus of the event was to advocate for “fair and safe” sports for girls. A flier advertising the event read: “The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) prioritizes the wants of males before the needs of females. It’s time to expose CIF’s discriminatory policies that put girls at risk and remove opportunities to excel in sport.”
As the young athlete Sophia Lorey shared that biological males have an inherent physical advantage over biological females and should therefore not be allowed to compete in women’s sports, the crowd erupted into chaos.
Newsbusters reported that when Lorey did not refer to biological males who identify as women as female, the librarian interrupted the speech saying, “I do not want any transgender females being called males.” Lorey was stunned.
Members of the pro-LGBTQ community who had apparently come to the event to disrupt it, started yelling, “TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN.”
MFL President Beth Bourne told Fox News Digital that CIF’s current policies affect over 320,000 high school girls in California, “yet very few parents and even athletes themselves understand where the policies originated and how they are expected to be enforced at the schools.”
Reiterating MFL’s goal for the weekend speaking event, Bourne said: “Our goal for Sunday’s public forum was to bring transparency to high school sports and these policies, and how they impose risks and reduce girls’ opportunities to excel in sports.”
Bourne added: “We choose the Davis branch library community room because we wanted to encourage people with varying viewpoints to hear from the speakers and have an open discussion.”
Noting that many on the left resort to name-calling, censorship and violence rather than civil debate, Bourne said she was “very disappointed” the event was shut down. But will attempt to reschedule an event in the fall.
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