A high school girl in Connecticut is bravely speaking out after she was forced to compete against two biological males on a state track championship.
According to the Washington Times, two boys who identify as girls recently took first and second in the 55-meter dash. The winner even set a new state record.
“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” commented Selina Soule, who participated in the race and missed qualifying for the New England regionals by just two spots.
“I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves,” she assured. “They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”
One of the transgender athletes, Andraya Yearwood, believes fairness stopped being a factor long ago because of other genetic and socioeconomic disparities.
“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better,” he said. “One sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child, which in turn, would cause that child to run faster.”
He didn’t address the fact that his biological sex could create an additional disparity.
As for the criticism he gets for racing — and beating — the girls, Yearwood explained, “I have learned a lot about myself and about other people through this transition. I always try to focus most on all of the positive encouragement that I have received from family, friends, and supporters. I use the negativity to fuel myself to run faster.”
Local athletic conference director Glenn Lugarini suggested banning a male from competing in an all-female category is as intolerant and nonsensical as historical bans of women or non-white people from official sporting competitions — even though males who identify as female can still compete in the all-male category.
“This is about someone’s right to compete,” Lungarini insisted. “I don’t think this is that different from other classes of people, who, in the not too distant past, were not allowed to compete. I think it’s going to take education and understanding to get to that point on this issue.”
Transgender medical physicist Joanna Harper believes that as long as testosterone levels can be equalized with hormone therapies, a biological male athlete has zero advantage over a biological female athlete, even though their bodies are naturally built differently.
Parent Jon Forrest, whose daughter competes on the same team as Soule, says allowing transgender girls to compete against biological girls doesn’t make any sense once you see what actually happens in the real world.
“The facts show Glastonbury [the female third-place runner] would be the state champion based on cisgender girls competing against cisgender girls. You don’t realize it until you see it in person, the disparity in the ability to perform,” he explained.
Forrest suggested that transgender girls still be allowed to run in all-girls races, but that their results should be put in an exhibition category so as to not alter the results for biological girls.
The future looks quite a bit more challenging for young girls wanting to grow up to be Olympic gold medalists.