Yet in almost every case, sponsors cannot cite a single instance in their own state or region where such participation has caused problems. In South Carolina, for example, Rep. Ashley Trantham said she knew of no transgender athletes competing in the state and was proposing a ban to prevent possible problems in the future. Others in places like Mississippi and Montana largely brushed aside the question or pointed to a pair of runners in Connecticut.
Between andtransgender sprinters Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood combined to win 15 championship races, prompting a lawsuit. Neither the NCAA nor most state high school athletic associations collect that data; in the states that do collect it, the s are minimal: No more than five students currently in Kansas, nine in Ohio over five years.
Transgender adults make up a small portion of the U. The two dozen bills making their way through state legislatures this year could be devastating for transgender teens who usually get little attention as they compete. In Utah, a year-old transgender girl cried when she heard about the proposal, which would separate her from her friends. The girl and her family spoke with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to avoid outing her publicly.
Those who object to the growing visibility and rights for transgender people, though, argue new laws are needed to keep the playing field fair for cisgender girls. One of those girls, Chelsea Mitchell, defeated Terry Miller — the faster of the two trans sprinters — in their final two races in February Chase Strangio, a transgender-rights attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, notes that in several states with proposed sports bans, lawmakers also are seeking to ban certain gender affirming health care for transgender young people.
Texas is among those with a ban, limiting transgender athletes to teams conforming with the gender on their birth certificate.
While Beggs, Miller and Yearwood were the focus of news coverage and controversy, trans athletes more commonly compete without any furor — and with broad acceptance from teammates and competitors. While New Jersey has a trans-inclusive sports policy, Rebekah is distressed by the proposed bans elsewhere — notably measures that might require girls to verify their gender.
The possibility that any athlete could have to undergo tests or examinations to prove their gender was among the reasons that Truman Hamburger, a year-old high school student in North Dakota, showed up at the statehouse to protest a proposed ban. Sarah Huckman, a year-old sophomore at the University of New Hampshire, ran track and cross country for three years at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, after coming out as trans in seventh grade.
Huckman showed great talent in the sprints and hurdles but was not dominant on a statewide level.
In her senior year, she won several events in small and mid-size meets, and had sixth place and 10th place finishes in the Division II indoor state championships. We do sports for the love of it. Associated Press reporters covering statehouses across the U. Sections U. Science Technology Business U. While New Jersey has a trans-inclusive sports policy, the field hockey player is distressed by proposed bans elsewhere — notably measures that might require girls to verify their gender.
Full Coverage: Sports. Connect with the definitive source for global and local news.
The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
ZIP: 99709 99775