Outrage grows after Nevada college oversight leader asked if state’s universities have any men ‘masquerading as women’ on sports teams and hurting girls

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Patrick Boylan has been slammed for making the comments during Nevada System of Higher Education meeting
  • The Nevada Faculty Alliance called for his resignation saying he violated the policy on discrimination
  • But Boylan remains defiant and has refused to step down despite backlash 

A Nevada college oversight leader is facing calls to resign after referring to trans athletes as ‘men masquerading as women.’

Patrick Boylan has been slammed for making the comments during a meeting of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents on Friday.

He said he had ‘one simple question’ for the athletic directors who were presenting to the board before asking, ‘Do we have any men masquerading as women playing in any of our teams and hurting any of the women?’ 

The question was shut down by board attorney Michael Wixom, who advised it was against federal privacy laws to collate and disclose that information. He cautioned the directors not to respond and said any question would need to be brought on a separate agenda.

Boylan’s remarks were also blasted by The Nevada Faculty Alliance which said it was, ‘deeply angered by repeated anti-transgender comments.’

The alliance said it was ‘especially appalled’ by the regent’s ‘aggressive response’ to a student leader who upbraided his remarks in the public comment portion of the meeting. 

Patrick Boylan is facing calls to resign after referring to trans athletes as ‘men masquerading as women’

In the public comment section Kevin Osorio-Hernández, president of the Nevada State Student Alliance, told Boylan he was disappointed by the rhetoric and that he hopes he can ‘expand and change your paradigm’.

Boylan told the student he had freedom of speech and continued to make inflammatory remarks. 

‘If he has not had his “you know what” cut off or anything, he’s still a man,’ Boylan said. 

But Boylan has stood by his position and confirmed to the Las Vegas Review that he has no plans to step down.

He asserted that ‘safety and freedom of speech’ are more important than the feelings of the faculty alliance headed by Jim New, which he said had ‘totally misconstrued’  his comments.

Boylan insisted he was doing the right thing by talking about women’s safety in sport and claimed to have been confused about the proper way to refer to trans people.

The Nevada Faculty Alliance, headed by president Jim New, is now calling for his resignation over the remarks

The Nevada Faculty Alliance, headed by president Jim New, is now calling for his resignation over the remarks

The NFA said it was, 'deeply angered by repeated anti-transgender comments'

 The NFA said it was, ‘deeply angered by repeated anti-transgender comments’

The regent defended his position and maintains he was just trying to speak up for women in sport

‘If I used the wrong terms, then OK,’ he said, adding he had received emails of support since the meeting.

‘They’re tired of all of this woke nonsense,’ he said. Boylan also told the outlet he believes trans athletes should get to compete in their own separate category.

He admitted during the Friday meeting his comments came on the heels of high-profile incidents across the nation of trans athletes competing against women and leading to injuries of the girls. One recent incident happened in Massachusetts when a trans athlete competed in a high school basketball game.

The team with the injured girls forfeited to end the game and prevent injury. Video of the trans athlete tossing girls around the basketball court in that game went viral and drew strong reactions.

On Tuesday Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Patricia Charlton sent out a letter reminding community members of the importance of ‘being mindful of our language’ and the community’s commitment to, ‘fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment’. 

The NFA argues that Boylan’s conduct goes against the board’s anti-discrimination policy. 

‘In the March 1 meeting, Regent Boylan also questioned the qualifications of students from underrepresented minority groups,’ their statement added.

‘These are not isolated incidents. Regent Boylan has a history of racist and discriminatory remarks that have been condemned by a number of Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) students, including the Senate of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada.’

In 2022, Boylan suggested that white students were being ignored during questions around the federal designation of Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

Boylan questioned why system doesn’t serve students of all ethnicities.

Boylan asked athletic directors presenting to the board, 'Do we have any men masquerading as women playing in any of our teams and hurting any of the women?'

Boylan asked athletic directors presenting to the board, ‘Do we have any men masquerading as women playing in any of our teams and hurting any of the women?’

The question was shutdown by board attorney Michael Wixom, who advised it was against federal privacy laws to collate and disclose information on trans athletes

The question was shutdown by board attorney Michael Wixom, who advised it was against federal privacy laws to collate and disclose information on trans athletes

‘We have Black students, we have colored students’ and ‘white students are invisible,’ he said during the meeting before asking if NSHE is interested in white students ‘or do we just say, “Screw them?”‘ he added.

Silver State Equality, Nevada’s LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, backed calls for Boylan’s resignation.

‘Mr. Boylan’s comments not only directly attacked members of the LGBTQ+ community, creating an unsafe atmosphere of exclusion, but also violated the board’s own anti-discrimination resolution adopted in 2022,’ it said in a statement.

‘While we praise the Board of Regents’ public response reaffirming its commitment “to fostering an environment of inclusivity and respect for all individuals within the Nevada System of Higher Education,” they have yet to take action to remove Mr. Boylan from the board.

‘Our system of higher education, the students it serves, and the faculty and staff who help create an environment where all individuals feel valued and supported deserve better than Mr. Boylan.’ 

However, not everyone is supportive of the calls for his resignation.

Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Victor Joecks came to Boylan’s defense, saying he was being asked to step down, ‘for stating that a man is a man.’

Silver State Equality, Nevada's LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, backed calls for Boylan's resignation

Silver State Equality, Nevada’s LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, backed calls for Boylan’s resignation

Not everyone has supported the calls for Boylan to resign over the controversy

Not everyone has supported the calls for Boylan to resign over the controversy

‘Multiple reasons to be concerned here,’ he wrote on X. ‘First, these higher education professors are unwilling to acknowledge biological reality. 

‘Second, the same people who talk about inclusivity and the need to respect others have no tolerance for someone who disagrees with them. So much for diversity of thought and free speech.

‘Third, these faculty members (and the Regents who support them) are proactively shutting down debate. The transgender issues hinges on how you define man and woman. 

‘You can’t have a debate when one side is forced to adopt the false rhetorical assumptions of its opponents.’

While another commentator said: ‘I understand their desire to be recognized as the gender that matches their psyche. I support them within reason. 

‘But I won’t agree with letting biological males into women’s amateur sports in high schools and colleges, not after the decades long fight to fund those programs.’

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