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Editorial: The race is on

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

News 8 in Hartford Connecticut presented a story about Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood and how they dominated the competition at Connecticut’s girls track and field state championships. Miller took 1st place in both the 100 and 200-meter dash, while Yearwood finished second in the 100.

Parents of students in the race who did not win are filing complaints because both Miller and Yearwood are transgender who was born male, but have switched genders which the parents say gives the pair an unfair advantage.

Some parents and student-athletes want to change the policy that allows athletes in high schools to compete for the gender-specific sport they identify with. But, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference says in order for that to happen, state law would also need to change. Many at the meet were interviewed and were in favor of allowing Miller and Yearwood to compete against the girls.

One stated “If she identifies as a girl then I think she should be able to run in the race because she can use the ladies room, she can wear a skirt, why not run and stay active,”

I can’t even begin to comprehend what an emotional struggle the transgender experience would be like to go through but I think that if George was born as George, but became Matilda, George should still compete with the boys.  

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