Two transgender high school students have sparked a major debate after winning first and second place in the girls indoor track championships in Connecticut. Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller are both transgender girls, meaning that they are biological males who are transitioning to females. Instead of competing on the boys track team, they have joined the girls team and are dominating the competition.
AP news reported that "Yearwood, a 17-year-old junior at Cromwell High School, is one of two transgender high school sprinters in Connecticut, transitioning to female. She recently finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. The winner, Terry Miller of Bloomfield High, is also transgender and set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds. Yearwood finished in 7.01 seconds and the third-place competitor, who is not transgender, finished in 7.23 seconds."
Here's a sample race. Take notice of the reactions of the other runners.
Based on that information, the third place winner would have been the first place winner if the two transgender girls were running against other boys who have the same biological build.
The debate is that many people believe boys who decide they want to be girls should still compete against other boys based on their biology and their more muscular build. Males are often simply more dominant in sports because of their bone and muscle structure. It's nothing sexist, that's just how we're built.
AP's report continued, saying that "Miller and Yearwood also topped the 100-meter state outdoor championships last year, and Miller won the 300 indoors this season. Critics say their gender identity amounts to an unfair advantage, expressing a familiar argument in a complex debate for transgender athletes as they break barriers across sports around the world from high school to the pros."
One thing to ask is how the female athletes feel about this? When a transgender girl athlete joins the girls team, then wins everything (because they are technically a male) then how is that fair to the girls?
What happens if a girl sprinter has a college scholarship available if she wins a big race, but then a transgender girl comes along and takes it? Had the transgender girl been running against the boys, like they would have if they weren't transitioning, then that girl would have a scholarship.
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What happens when a transgender girl comes along and wins all the state titles, leaving the real girls in the dust and without victories? Is that fair to the girls who were born as biological girls?
Why would a biological girl be forced to compete against a biological male? How can this possibly be fair in a physical competition?
Do the girls who are forced to compete against transgender girls feel like they're being forced to fight against males?
Their participation on the girls team, even though they were born as biological boys and are built like men, has sparked a major debate on whether transgender girls should be allowed to compete with actual girls - or should they compete with the boys, since that's what their body is biologically?
What do you think?