“Critics say their gender identity amounts to an unfair advantage”
There is a debate raging in the sports world about the role of transgender women athletes, with sports superstars like Martina Navratilova vocally opposing the trend (and getting ousted from an LBGT group for dropping a truth bomb).
Meanwhile, in Connecticut, two transgenders won first and second place in the Girls Indoor Track Championship.
Andraya Yearwood hears the comments, usually from adults and usually not to her face.
She shouldn’t be running, they say, not against girls.
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.
Miller and Yearwood also topped the 100-meter state championships last year, and Miller won the 300 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.
These two sprinters also took the top spots last year, and appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the controversy surrounding their competing against biological females.DONATE
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