The so-called inclusion of transgender student athletes in competitions continues to cause controversy because of the competitive advantage a biologically male youth has against an athlete born as a female.
Such is the case of a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) top division runner who is competing in women’s cross-country this fall.
June Eastwood, who identifies as a transgender woman, will represent the University of Montana at a competition on Saturday. Eastwood was competing on the men’s track and cross country teams until May 2018, according to Daily Caller.
NCAA policy requires male runners who identify as transgender women to suppress testosterone levels for a full calendar year before competing in women’s athletics.
However, according to a June article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, male athletes who identify as transgender women have an “intolerable” advantage over their female competitors, even after suppressing their testosterone levels.
Eastwood’s personal bests as a male runner could shatter several records in the women’s category.
There are several concrete examples: Franklin Pierce University runner CeCe Telfer, a biological man who identifies as a transgender woman, won an NCAA Division II women’s track championship in May. Telfer competed on the men’s team before switching to women’s events.
Two biologically male runners, who identify themselves as transgender girls, have dominated the track meets of high school girls in Connecticut. One of their competitors, Selina Soule, has spoken out against the advantages of male runners and filed a lawsuit for discrimination against female athletes.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference allows biological males, high school students, who claim to feel like women to compete in girls’ sporting events, The College Fix explains.
The result of this measure has been dramatic for young female athletes who are preparing hard and who are losing almost all the competitions in which these transgender boys participate.
They are breaking all previous records set by girls and setting new records that are unattainable for women.
Sexual orientation and gender identity policies at state, local, and institutional levels have adversely affected many Americans.