Erasing Women: Connecticut Track Athletes File Suit Over Transgender Participation


Friday, June 28, 2019

In 1921, the National Women’s Athletic Association was formed. This organization was created to give girls the same opportunities in sports as boys. Now, less than a hundred years later, we have taken equal footing away from girls once again.

Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, two biological males, competed in Connecticut’s state championships in track and field, and they dominated. Miller finished first and Yearwood second, while the third place runner, a biological female, was .22 seconds slower.

On June 17, a Title IX lawsuit was filed for three girls who run track and field in Connecticut. The file claimed that allowing biological males to compete in female categories “has put them at a competitive disadvantage and harmed their chances of earning college scholarships.” 

In Connecticut, a person isn’t required to be on medication or have had gender reassignment surgery to compete in the opposite sex’s sport. Public Act No. 11-55 – AN ACT CONCERNING DISCRIMINATION, is a Connecticut law that “prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in all areas and contexts in which the laws already prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.”

In a world where we are trying to move towards full acceptance of everyone, we have discriminated against others egregiously. These girls have every right to sue, as they are being robbed of their athletic accomplishments. Boys and girls are different at the muscular level, and there is simply nothing discriminating about that reality.

Before adolescence, boys and girls are similar in strength for given body size and shape; after, boys have much greater strength, probably due to development of more force per gram of muscle as well as to absolutely larger muscles.”

The very reason girls have girls-only teams and boys have boys-only teams is because they are not equal. When we take away girls-only teams, we remove the right for girls to compete on a fair playing field. Allowing boys to compete against girls is allowing girls’ records and history to be erased. When women do not have an equal footing to compete, they will lose out on scholarships, national titles, and spots in history books. If women dare challenge this situation, they will likely be called transphobic and told that they “need to get with the times.” 

But what times? Pre-1921? Is that the time we want to go back to? When women were not given the same rights as men or when your daughter, no matter how talented, could not make history? This is the way we are going if we continue to allow biological men to compete in women’s sports—and it needs to stop.

Even if men have had sex reassignment surgery or are on medication for hormones, will they have changes in muscular density or lung capacity? There are really only three options: continue allowing men to dominate women’s sports, force athletes to compete against others of the same biological sex, or create teams for trans athletes.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias, one of the greatest female athletes ever, once said, “If you win through bad sportsmanship, that’s no real victory.” Let’s make sure we don’t allow bad sportsmanship to erase women from the history books.

Taylor Hunt is currently attending Washington State University pursuing a degree in AG Engineering. In her spare moments, Taylor writes for multiple outlets and loved to explore the natural world.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Taylor Hunt is currently attending Washington State University pursuing a degree in AG Engineering. In her spare moments, Taylor writes for multiple outlets and loved to explore the natural world.

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