Students, Parents Outraged as Transgenders Continue to Dominate Girls' Athletics
Biological males are crushing the competition in state championship female events
Parents and students are demanding a change in the rules for school athletics as two transgender students are dominating the girls' state championships in Connecticut.
Biological male runner Terry Miller, from Bulkeley High School, crushed the competition, coming first place twice in the CIAC State Open track and field competition.
Miller, who now "identifies" as female, completed the 100-meter race in just 11.72 seconds and finished the 200-meter sprint in 24.17 seconds.
Second place in the 100-meter run went to fellow transgender sprinter Andrea Yearwood, from Cromwell High School.
The results have provoked outrage from some parents and students, who are questioning whether athletes in Connecticut high schools should be allowed to choose which gender-specific sports events they compete in.
According to the Hartford Courant, around 60 people have signed a petition calling for governing body Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference to change its rules, which currently allow athletes to compete in the gender-specific sport in which they identify.
Glastonbury second-year student Selina Soule told the Hartford Courant: “I think it's unfair to the girls who work really hard to do well and qualify for Open and New Englands."
Soule finished in sixth place in the 100-meter run.
Her mother told the Connecticut Post that the majority was being “sacrificed” for the minority.
She said: “Sports are set up for fairness.
“Biologically male and female are different. The great majority is being sacrificed for the minority.”
However, there are some who believe otherwise.
Carly Swierbrut, of Newton High School, who won the 400-meter race after completing the run in 55.48 seconds, told the Connecticut Post:
“If you’re good enough to run, you’re good enough to run.
"If somebody wants to win, they’re going to work their tail off to win.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, what you are, everybody should have the chance.”
Bridget Lalonde, a student at RHAM High School who came third place in the 100-meter run, agreed:
“To be honest, I think it's great they get a chance to compete and as long as they're happy, I guess, there's not that much I can do,” she said.
“The rules are the rules.
"The only competition is the clock.
"You can only run as fast as you can.”