ANCHORAGE, June 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Parents and teenage girls in Alaska are asking whether allowing biological males to compete against biological females in sports is fair after a boy who identifies as a female won a high-profile track and field event.
Last Friday, Nattaphon Wangyot, whose nickname is “Ice,” qualified for the 100- and 200-meter finals at the state competition. He ran the 100-meter race in 13.14, defeating numerous biological females. According to the results from the meet, Wangyot came 3rd in the 200-meter race, and 5th in the 100-meter.
The Alaska Schools Activity Association (ASAA) has no policy on transgender sports activity, leaving the matter to each individual school district.
Students need not participate in any kind of hormonal transition process to participate in the sports activities of the opposite sex, which many say gives biological males a competitive advantage.
“It is not fair, and it is not right for our female athletes, and we have a responsibility to protect our girls that have worked really hard – that are working toward college scholarships,” Stephanie Leigh Golmon Williams of the Alaska Family Council told local media.
The ASAA's policy is consistent with the Obama administration's controversial transgender guidance, which states that students must be allowed to use or participate in “restrooms, locker rooms, shower facilities, housing, [and] athletic teams” consistent with their gender identity.
The guidance further specifies that “there is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity.”
The guidelines allow local school districts to restrict some competitive sports but, in the process, they may not “rely on overly broad generalizations or stereotypes about the differences between transgender students and other students of the same [opposite biological] sex or others’ discomfort with transgender students.”
The Obama administration says these guidelines are necessary for transgender students' “comfort” and “safety.”
That's cold comfort for Saskia Harrison, a senior at Hutchison High School in Fairbanks, who missed qualifying for the state finals due to Wangyot's participation.
“I’m glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy in who they are, but I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100-percent fair,” she said.
The mother of a high school freshman, who was bumped out of the awards bracket by Wangyot, has spoken out. Jennifer Van Pelt commented on the original news story that “at our state track and field meet they award medals and a spot on the podium to the top 4. Allison [her daughter] placed 5th. We had no idea she was running against a male until after the race was over.”
“How do you explain to her that not only does she need to train to beat her fellow female athletes now she should also train to beat the males?” she asked.
She got into a comment war with Wangyot, who goes by the name Kathleen Ice, writing, “It’s 100% science. Men are physically different than females. Your times would not allowed you to compete with the boys at state.”
“Males are physically different than females. That’s a scientific fact,” she told another outlet.
The physiological differences between the sexes are put into stark contrast as the sports become more physically aggressive.
Transgender mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Fallon Fox gave his female opponent a concussion and a broken eye socket in 2014.
It's not merely students who are competing in this contest. Analysts have said accommodating individuals with gender dysphoria, estimated as at most 0.3 percent of the U.S. population, and that of protecting biological women is leading to increased conflict.
“As everyone on the Left fall all over themselves to extend every possible right to transgender individuals, this case forces the question that always pops up when one groups’ 'rights' conflict with another’s. Whose rights win? Whose rights are more important?” asks Larry O'Connor at HotAir.com.
“The question should be put to Hillary Clinton: You claim to be a champion for women’s rights and you also claim to support transgender rights,” he wrote. “Well, whose rights should win in this case, the transgender student who competed in the women’s track meet, or the young woman who lost her chance to race because she lost, to a man?”