In reference to the Cyrsti’s Condo post concerning the attacks on transgender athletes by Republicans around the country At the least, you have to admire the courage of trans athletes everywhere to compete in their chosen sports. Back in the day, I used sports as a way to mask my gender leanings. Fortunately these days, transgender sports fans are not backing away from participation in activities they enjoy.
Of course too, you have to factor in the influence of hormone replacement therapy on the athlete’s body. Which is part of Connie’s comment:
” I have to admit that I have mixed feelings on this subject, because it is far from an either/or issue. Fifty years ago, when I was on my boy’s high school track team, I was a better 440 yard runner than most boys, but I’m certain that I could have won the race every time, had I run against cis girls (I’ve checked the record books). Never mind the fact that there were many times when I would return home after track practice or a meet and secretly express my femininity through dress or activities, just as any girl might have. Of course, fifty years ago, I really had no choice but to keep my femininity a secret, and there wasn’t even a girls track team at my school. I seriously doubt that, if I had been free to declare my gender identity and there would have been the opportunity to join a girls team, I would have chosen to compete against the girls.
Puberty blockers and HRT would have made a difference in my athletic abilities. I don’t know how much difference, but I’m guessing that I might have been among the fastest girls; not necessarily a record-setter, though. Then, again, maybe I wouldn’t have had the same interest in competing against anyone – boys or girls – had I not been subjected to the ravages of male puberty. Much of the reason I had for participating in athletics was to hide my feminine identity, anyway.
So, I believe that trans girls should be able to compete against all girls, but not by mere declaration of gender identity alone. Whether it be through suppression or introduction of cross hormone therapies, there should be the requirement that a trans girl must have been under some regimen for a certain period of time before being allowed to compete against other girls.
I know there are people from both sides of the argument who disagree with me. While I can’t see the fairness in allowing only a self-declaration of gender identity, I certainly reject the notion that “biological boys” should be disallowed from girls’ athletics outright. The thing that gets me is that many of the same people who want to keep trans girls from being on girls’ teams because of their hormonal “advantage” are the ones who want to criminalize any hormone therapies for trans girls. But, as Paula said, these people are just trying to erase trans existence altogether.”
So true! Thanks for the comment.
As I have written, HRT has robbed my body of a significant portion of my former male strength. What I will never know is how much of the loss could be attributed to age considerations.
I do know for sure, the entire idea of boys competing against girls is so wrong. The power of hormones changes all of that. As Paula said, all of this is once again a group of ignorant gender bigots trying to erase our transgender existence.