Whether you agree with it or not we live in a lot more tolerant world for transgender issues.
But how everyone works together in a fair and equal society is still up for debate.
Terry Miller was born male but identifies as a female. She came in first place twice during the June 4 CIAC State Open track and field competition.
But the transgender teen’s big win has some people outraged and wondering if it’s fair she was allowed to compete.
Fellow transgender sprinter, Andraya Yearwood, also dominated at the competition finishing in second place in the 100-meter dash.
Miller Easily Won The Race
During the 100-meter dash, Miller easily beat her competitors in just 11.72 seconds. She also killed it in the 200-meter dash finishing in 24.17 seconds.
The Bulkeley High School teen, who competed on the boys’ team during the winter indoor track season, set new state records last Monday in both races, the CT Post reports.
However some of Miller’s opponents were angry she was allowed to compete on the women’s team.
‘I think it’s unfair to the girls who work really hard to do well and qualify for Open and New Englands,’ Glastonbury sophomore Selina Soule told the Hartford Courant.
Soule finished in sixth place in the 100-meter dash.
‘These girls, they’re just coming in and beating everyone,’ she added. ‘I have no problem with them wanting to be a girl’.
A Petition Has Been Started
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The teen’s mother, Bianca Stanescu, told CT Post that there’s no transgender competition when it comes to things like ‘math and science and chorus’ but sport is different.
‘Sports are set up for fairness,’ she said. ‘Biologically male and female are different, adding that ‘the great majority is being sacrificed for the minority’.
According to the Hartford Courant, Stanescu has gotten about 60 people to sign a petition calling for for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference to change the rules.
A second petition started by a father-of-two is also calling for the rule to be changed. As of Monday, it had more than 80 supporters.
However, some people are rooting for Yearwood and Miller.
Bridget Lalonde, a student at RHAM High School who finished in third place in the 100-meter dash, told the CT Post she was not upset the transgender teens beat her.
‘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.’