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Transgendered Players In A World Of All Girl And Boy Teams

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.

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  1. The mega-mess created by the transgender movement will NOT ever be “resolved” as long as we continue to allow people to impose their psychoses on society at large. People who acquire superficial changes in their secondary sexual attributes and then demand that they be respected as a member of the opposite sex are not dealing with reality, and the results are as we see. There are only two sexes, male and female, and we are born with the DNA that determines one or the other. Every cell in the body is equipped with these characteristics and they are not changeable or interchangeable. If I were to announce that I am President George Washington and demand that I be given all the respect that he earned, my sick fantasy would not be accommodated by the world at large. I would be referred to mental health services for treatment. For our society to allow men to compete against women is a similar travesty based on a similarly sick denial of the real world. Mental health services are needed, NOT access to women’s sports teams.

  2. WILLIAM H. SAILER

    There was a male who “became “a female and tried to get into women’s Tennis, they let him in and should not have, luckily he was not very good, and did not last

    A person is born with a bone structure and muscular stature which allows him to be stronger when mature than a woman of the same height etc. because she was born a woman with a set of bones that allow the passage of a baby from the womb out into this great new world. A woman with a penis stitched on or a man with his penis and testicles removed do not change their skeletal makeup. This is medical fact, not philosophy, morality, or the scriptures talking. Common sense tells anyone who is willing past political correctness will see this is true. Try it.

    • There was a male who “became “a female and tried to get into women’s Tennis, they let him in and should not have, luckily he was not very good, and did not last

      A person is born with a bone structure and muscular stature which allows him to be stronger when mature than a woman of the same height etc. because she was born a woman with a set of bones that allow the passage of a baby from the womb out into this great new world. A woman with a penis stitched on or a man with his penis and testicles removed do not change their skeletal makeup. This is medical fact, not philosophy, morality, or the scriptures talking. Common sense tells anyone who is willing past political correctness will see this is true. Try it.

  3. The solution is simple (Though the LBGTQ communitu will fight it). The law and society created the problem by legally and socially accepting and recognizing transgenders which is basically one sex being allowed to transform themselves to varrying degrees to their opposite biological sex and gender, but genetically they are still their original biological sex. A transgendered man is not a woman they are a trangendered woman. A trangendered woman is not a man they are transgendered man. So at track meets and most sporting events, games, competitions, Men/boys should compete against men/boys. Woman/girls should compete against woman/girls. Transgenders should compete against Transgenders.

  4. Look, I think it’s really very simple. A boy can “think” that he’s a girl. He can dress like a girl, look feminine, but gender has been pre-determined. You wouldn’t pair a girls team against a boys team, so why allow this? It puts young boys who think that they’re girls at an unfair advantage. So why should real girls even bother?

    • If it’s XY it’s a male. If it cuts off its junk and thinks its female its still male. It might even have an advantage over other guys because it weighs less. NOT. It won’t have the advantage of testosterone to build more muscle.

  5. Athletic events should provide a level playing field for all athletes. Men and Women are built differently, regardless of their desired gender, people still have their biological structure. This is evident when you watch sports competitions. I understand the need for transgender athletes to compete but I would suggest they have their own category for competition. They can still compete but would be competing against people with similar body structure.

  6. Along with athlete drug tests for performance enhancing drugs should be a DNA check for XX or XY, what ever you test out as is what you compete as. The athletes that want to get sexual changed or have physically changed their sex and are taking hormones, should be forced to abide by the XX or XY decison. NO exceptions. The international Olympic committee should take up this subject before it becomes an issue at any sporting event. It is not fair to females to have a male compete against females or a female compete in male events, no matter what they say. Just because you feel you are one or the other is not the question, DNA and physical differences are the issue.

  7. After reading all the posts my conclusion is that the majority of posters what XX to compete with XX, XY should compete with XY, and those that are confused should compete against other confused people. If you can’t look down at your original crotch and see what you really are, no matter how you feel, you need more than just athletic competition your life, maybe a lot of psychological help as well. As has been also said, the last political administration shoved this subject won everyone’s throat, freaky events like the PULSE shootings in Orlando showed that the Gay people basically want to be together, nothing wrong with that. The problem is DNA programmed physical structure. NO matter how much surgery you get to change your outside, the inside is still the original and will continue to be so. The IOC should make a decision on how this fast moving problem should be handled immediately.

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