Lately, there have been stories of transgender students dominating high school, all-female teams. Whether it’s track, wrestling, basketball or lacrosse, one must consider the question of whether transgender players have an unfair advantage when they are on a team of all females.
In some cases, the girls rarely stand a chance of winning due to the strength of their competition. Let’s be real! Transgender or not, it’s still a male body with a certain level of strength. Is it fair to have them on a team full of biological females when we know this to be the case?
The reason this issue came into the forefront was because of two transgender high school sprinters who dominated the female competition at a Connecticut track event. Running in the 55-meter dash at the state indoor track championships, Terry Miller crossed the finish line first in 6.95 seconds, the third-fastest time in the United States.
Andraya Yearwood, also transgendered, came in at a close second at 7.01 seconds. The closest biological female to finish the race came in at 7.23 seconds.
The continued success of the two transgenders throughout the year led to problematic objections that they had an unfair advantage. Rather than understanding the concern, the transgenders stated during an interview that girls should work harder rather than complaining.
Many female high school athletes stated that competing with players who are transitioning is demoralizing and unfair. They also state that many times they know the result of the competition before it even takes place. This is not good. The purpose of females in sports is to encourage high self-esteem, which can be easily harmed if you place them in a situation that is already giving someone else an unfair advantage.
We have seen traces of this in professional sports, as well. A transgender fighter was at the top of the heap when she fought biologic females who did not have her strength or power. Eventually, she found herself struggling to find female fighters who were willing to fight her. It wasn’t that she was necessarily a better fighter than the other females, but rather that she had a level of strength that they would never possess as biological women.
It’s uncertain how sports will handle the transgender community of males who are interested in competing with women. Teams, be they high school or professional, are struggling to avoid the politics associated with this issue.
They don’t want to seem as if they are discriminating, but at the same time, they don’t want to provide unfair advantages that will eventually take away from the excitement of sporting events. It’s not an easy fix and the solution won’t appear overnight. We can only hope that the situation is resolved prior to our young female athletes feeling diminished, rather than empowered when they compete with boys who are in the process of transitioning into girls.