A transgender teen responded to criticism from female runners who say it’s unfair they are forced to compete with biological males, telling girls to just “work harder.”
High school juniors Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood are both transgender students who are biologically male. They placed first and second place in the state open indoor track championships in Connecticut.
After the competition, Selina Soule, a high school junior in Connecticut, told The Associated Press that female runners shouldn’t be forced to compete against male runners.
“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing. I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves,” she said. “They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”
During an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” one of the transgender teens, Terry Miller, argued the girl runners should stop complaining and just train harder if they want to win.
The other transgender student suggested the biologically male runners have an advantage that’s no different than a high jumper having “longer legs.”
“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better,” Yearwood told The AP.
The student added: “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.”
Is it fair to allow biological males to compete in sports with girls?