A Connecticut high school sophomore won big in last week’s state championship meet. Terry Miller set new records in both the 100 and 200-meter dash. The problem? Miller was born a male but now identifies as a female.
The transgender teen competed on the boys’ indoor track team just a few months earlier this winter.
Finishing second in the 100-meter dash was another transgender sprinter, Andraya Yearwood.
Some of their competitors were angry that they were allowed to compete on the women’s team.
“I think it’s unfair to the girls who work really hard to do well and qualify for Open and New Englands,” said sophomore Selina Soule, who finished in sixth.
“I have no problem with them wanting to be a girl,” she continued, but “they’re just coming in and beating everyone.”
Her mother agreed, saying that in most competitions like math or science, gender makes no difference, but with sports it’s different.
“Sports are set up for fairness. Biologically male and female are different,” she said. “The great majority is being sacrificed for the minority.”
A petition has been signed by nearly 60 people calling for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference to change its rule that allows students to compete in the gender category they identify with.
A second petition also calling for the rule to be changed has more than 80 signatures.
Glastonbury coach Brian Collins also agrees that allowing transgender athletes to compete in the girls’ sports is not fair.
“The way the law is written, Terry Miller is eligible to compete,” he said. “I think a lot of people, myself included, have a problem with a biological male competing.”
“When they put the state law in effect, my interpretation is it wasn’t made for high school sports,” he continued. “I think it was meant for all people – whether transgender, bisexual, gay – are treated fairly. I totally agree with that, but with sports, it’s not a level playing field.”