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Trans athletes’ participation in sports competitions has been raising a lot of brows for quite some time. The latest instance of outrage caused by trans teens setting new records in school track and field competition has posed the question again. So, is it fair for trans females participate in competitions on par with cisgender women? Do the former have any advantage over the latter?
Previously, the Typical Student team told you about What The Heck is Ze: How & Why US Unis Use Non-Binary Pronouns. Today, we’ve put together a list of instances when trans athletes caused a stir by winning sports competitions.
100m dash in 11.72 seconds: trans teens to win a running championship
Terry Miller identifying as a woman, set a new record in the CIAC State Open track and field event finishing in 1st place for the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Miller finished the 100-meter dash in 11.72 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 24.17 seconds.
Andraya Yearwood, Miller’s fellow trans athlete finished in 2nd place for the 100-meter dash at the same competition. Last year, Yearwood won the same competition finishing first in both dashes. This fact caused quite a stir among both students and their parents. Some of the championship participants were angry trans teens were allowed to compete on the women's team.
California student moves to New York to be able to run as a trans athlete
Isaac Grivett, 19, used to be a softball and soccer athlete from Aliso Niguel High School, Southern California, came out to his team about being trans. Aside from facing acceptance issues by the team members, Isaac also encountered legislative limitations.
After legally changing his name and gender, he moved to New York to run with the New York Road Runners. Despite sports is a very important part of Isaac’s life, he also works as a theater technician and is engaged in human rights activism. He hopes to raise awareness and tell more about his experience as a trans high school athlete.
Canadian trans woman as a hockey player
Jessica Platt, 28, had to conceal her gender identity in fear of being eliminated from the Furies team playing the Canadian Women's Hockey League. Platt began playing hockey at school, and continued after having a sex-reassignment surgery. She scored 2 goals this season when the CWHL played a rare game on the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.
Jessica’s coming out was official. After the Furies had issued an online statement, Platt received as many encouraging messages as negative comments. However, Jessica aims to raise her voice in favor of all the trans athletes out there who are being misunderstood and misjudged.
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