With the Olympics looming, the transgender debate is about to move from the bathroom to the playing field. But in high school sports programs across America, far from the glare of Olympic stadiums, it already has.
In response to the Obama administration’s recent directive to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, schools are adopting sports policies that reveal the incoherence and fundamental unfairness of the trans agenda.
In Alaska, an 18-year-old male athlete competed against women last week in the state high school track and field championships. The student, 18-year-old Nattaphon “Ice” Wangyot, an immigrant from Thailand who identifies as female, finished fifth in the women’s 100-meter and third in the 200-meter. His times in those races were far below the qualifying and final times for the men’s races.
Perusing the results, it’s easy to see how the other female athletes might think that allowing an 18-year-old male to race against them isn’t fair. One female athlete, who won the 3,200-meter race, said so plainly: “I don’t know what’s politically correct to say, but in my opinion your gender is what you’re born with. It’s the DNA. Genetically a guy has more muscle mass than a girl, and if he’s racing against a girl, he may have an advantage.”
At Least The Olympics Recognizes The Problem
As it happens, on the question of muscle mass the International Olympic Committee actually agrees. Back in January, the IOC scrapped a policy adopted in 2003 that required transgender athletes to have completed sex reassignment surgery followed by at least two years of hormone therapy in order to compete.
Although the new IOC rule has no surgery mandates, it does have different requirements for the sexes. Female-to-male transgender athletes will be allowed to compete in men’s competitions “without restriction,” although we’re unlikely to see any such athletes at Rio or in any other elite international competition.
The rules are different for male-to-female transgender athletes, who are “biologically male” and therefore have higher levels of testosterone. These athletes arguably enjoy a physical advantage over their female competitors, which is why the IOC now requires them to demonstrate that their testosterone levels are below a certain level for at least a year prior to their first competition.
Schools Have Adopted Incoherent Trans Policies
High school administrators in America are unencumbered by such reasoning. The Alaska School Activities Association, which oversees all interscholastic sports in the state, rushed to be among the first administrative bodies in the nation to embrace the Obama administration’s expansive view of transgender policy in public schools. In April, the board voted unanimously to accept whatever transgender policies individual schools and school districts adopt, and also said it would not hear appeals from schools that object to the transgender policies adopted by other schools. That means, for instance, if a girls’ basketball team has a problem playing against…