Two transgender “girls” won events at the Connecticut state high school championship.
Terry Miller, who was born a boy, won both the girls’ 100-meter dash and the girls’ 200-meter dash.
The runner-up was Andraya Yearwood, who is also transgender and was also born male.
Gary Moore, the coach of Connecticut’s Hillhouse High School, claimed that it “wasn’t fair” to his female students that they were forced to race (and lose) against competitors who were biologically male—adding that “something should be done to level the playing field.”
Speaking to local media, Moore assured them that he’s not alone in his beliefs.
“I’ve been stopped by at least five coaches, all of them saying they really liked what I said in the paper,” he said. “How come other coaches aren’t talking? This is a big issue a lot of coaches have, that we’ve got to do something, but how come you’re not saying anything? I’ve said what I needed to say. I’m getting a little annoyed with the coaches that we haven’t been able to get together and do what’s best for everybody.”
CIAC executive director, Karissa Niehoff, who oversees the high school events admitted that it’s a tough pill to swallow for female competitors—but argued that, essentially, the rights of the transgender students were more important than fairness of competition.
“We do feel for [other students],” she said. “Fully agree it doesn’t feel good. The optic isn’t good. But we really do have to look at the bigger issues that speak to civil rights and the fact this is high school sports.”