Two biologically male transgender high school students are dominating the 55 meter race in girls’ track and field in Connecticut, but they don’t even rank in the top 100 in the state’s male competition.
Transgender high school juniors Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood’s personal bests place high in female competition, but their times are snail-pace in boys’ competition. Miller and Yearwood rank 120th and 195th, respectively, against their male competitors.
The state’s high school male record times for the 55 meter dash clock in at 6.28 seconds, 6.30 seconds and 6.31 seconds for first, second and third place in the state, according to Athletic.net records.
Miller and Yearwood’s personal bests clock in at 6.91 seconds and 7.01 seconds, respectively, ranking them third and seventh in the state in female competition.
Miller and Yearwood also placed first and second in Connecticut’s girls track championships in June.
Their wins have sparked frustration among competitors and parents who allege that the males have an unfair advantage over their female competitors.
“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” high school junior Selina Soule told TheAP. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair,” she said.
Both Miller and Yearwood have started hormone therapy, according to ABC News.
Parents and athletes have started two petitions in an attempt to change state rules permitting the boys to participate in girls’ competitions.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) allows athletes to compete according to their gender identity and implements no hormone testing like regulatory bodies do at the university level. The athletes must possess school records identifying them as their chosen gender, and those records must be verified by school officials to make sure the gender identification is made in good faith rather than to gain an unfair advantage.
The rules have not been changed thus far.
Medical research shows 80 to 95 percent of children outgrow their gender dysphoria naturally and accept their biological sex if nature takes its course, according to the American College of Pediatricians.
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