Two Transgender Students Dominate Girl’s State Championships
There have been mixed responses after a student at a Connecticut high school dominated their track and field competition last week. At the CIAC State Open track and field competition on June 4th, a transgender teen, who was born as a male but identifies as a female, dominated the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes – finishing the 100-meter dash in 11.72 seconds, and the 200-meter dash in 24.17 seconds. To put it in comparison, Miller is only 10% slower than the fastest female sprinter in the world.
Terry Miller who was born a male and has competed in male running events, began his transition to becoming a female after he competed in last year’s winter indoor track season for males. Another student, Andraya Yearwood, came first in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the Class M state track and field championships last year, and shortly afterwards underwent hormone treatments. Yearwood came second in both events this year.
This has caused quite a stir with the other competing students, with Selina Soule saying “I think it’s unfair to the girls who work really hard to do well and qualify for Open and New Englands. These girls, they’re just coming in and beating everyone,” she added. ” have no problem with them wanting to be a girl.”
Other students have commented that while there are no transgender competitions for subjects such as mathematics and science, there definitely should be for sports. Bianca Stanescu said “Sports are set up for fairness. Biologically male and female are different, the great majority is being sacrificed for the minority.” Stanescu has started a petition calling for Connecticut’s Interscholastic Athletic Conference to change their rule wherein athletes are allowed to compete in the gender-specific sport in which they identify.