Should a transgender athlete be able to compete against whatever gender they want? A male high school freshman from Connecticut who claims to identify as a girl recently competed—and won—at the Class M State Championships for track. The child in question has not had reassignment surgery and is not taking puberty blockers, yet he was allowed to compete as a girl.
As sources note, though Andraya Yearwood won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, their times would have barely earned him last place in the boys’ events.
Last year’s winner of the 100-meter dash, Kate Hall, came in second place this year, behind transgender athlete Yearwood. Hall commented, “It’s frustrating. But that’s just the way it is now …I can’t really say what I want to say, but there’s not much I can do about it.You can’t blame anyone. Her times were slowing during the season. If I ran my best race, I could have won. I didn’t. I hadn’t felt good the last three days, but there are no excuses. From what I know she is really nice and that’s all that matters. She’s not rude and obnoxious.”
Clearly, this young woman is a great sport. But the real question here is, should that just be “the way it is now,” as Hall puts it?
For all intents and purposes, Yearwood is still a male; the teen isn’t taking puberty blockers yet (though its reportedly on the table for Yearwood’s future). Is it actually fair for a biologically male student to compete against girls? Though Yearwood identifies as a female, the fact remains that as a teen-aged, biological male, this student and others like him have an athletic advantage over the females they compete against.
Normally, the argument for allowing men who identify as women to compete against females is that these transgendered individuals have undergone reassignment surgery or are taking drugs which eliminate their muscle-building testosterone advantage. However, in Yearwood’s case, this is not so.
While Yearwood’s parents have no objections to their child competing against girls and beating them, transgenderism in sports has been a topic of intense debate, particularly when it comes to men who want to be women and compete against them.
It’s beginning to seem like its not even about fairness anymore, its just more “politically correct” to put the wants of the trans minority over the rights of the majority.