Texas state lawmaker James Talarico, a Democrat, claimed during a hearing on transgender sports in schools that there are six sexes
James Talarico, a Democrat and former English teacher, insisted during a Public Education Committee hearing earlier this week that there are more than two sexes.
‘The bill seems to think there are two,’ Talarico, who has a masters in education policy from Harvard, said.
‘The one thing I want us to all be aware of is that modern science obviously recognizes that there are many more than two biological sexes,’ he said. ‘In fact, there are six, which honestly… surprised me, too.’
Talarico made the comments on Tuesday while quizzing Republican Texas state Representative Cole Hefner, who co-sponsored a bill barring transgender athletes from participating in sports at the K-12 level.
Hefner said there are two sexes.
Talarico went on to explain that there are ‘six really common biological sexes’ based on X and Y chromosomes.
The usual is that there are XX chromosomes for females and XY for males, but Talarico explains there are also single X, XXY, XYY and XXXY, making a total of six sexes.
‘The point is that biologically speaking, scientifically speaking, sex is a spectrum, and oftentimes can be very ambiguous,’ Talarico said.
‘Modern science obviously recognizes that there are many more than two biological sexes. In fact, there are six, which honestly… surprised me, too,’ Talarico (far left) said during a hearing on a Texas bill that would bar transgender students from participating in sports in K-12 grade
While the scientific community has widely accepted there are multiple ‘gender identities’, it has maintained there are only two genders – male and female.
Save Women’s Sports President Beth Stelzer also testified at the Texas committee hearing on Tuesday to speak in favor of the bill.
She said that different so-called sexes Talarico is referencing are actually disorders not various other sexes.
‘They are dimorphic: XX, XY,’ she said of sex. ‘The other ‘sexes’ mentioned are disorders of sexual development that are variants of XX or XY chromosomes. They are still disorders of male or female.’
She spoke to the fact that there is a ‘male advantage’, which would cause biological males to be dominant in sports over biological females in most cases.
Although Talarico didn’t cite sources for his claim of six sexes, the same point was made in a 2013 post by financial asset manager Joshua Kennon entitled, ‘The 6 Most Common Biological Sexes in Humans,’ according to The Washington Times.
The Texas House bill is still pending in committee after the state’s Senate approved its own version of the women’s sports bill on April 15.