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Published On: Wed, Jun 8th, 2016

Alaska track meet: Biological male, Nattaphon Wangyot, beats girls and ‘It is not fair’

The gender fluidity debate intensifies as parents and teens 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. Nattaphon Wangyot became the state champ at the 100-meter dash defeating several girls his age.

The Alaska Schools Activity Association (ASAA) has no policy on transgender sports activity, leaving the matter to each individual school district. Therefore, 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.

Nattaphon Wangyot is in the right photo/ screenshot of KTVA coverage

Nattaphon Wangyot is in the right photo/ screenshot of KTVA coverage

The ASAA’s policy is consistent with the Obama administration’s 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.”

School districts 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.”

“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.

Alaska Family Action president Jim Minnery and supporters protested outside the event.

“We are here today as a voice from the community to ensure that female athletes are not denied the playing opportunities and scholarships otherwise available to them and to make the playing field even again,” Minnery said, according to the Dispatch News. “… Allowing students to play on teams of the opposite sex disproportionately impacts female students who will lose spots on track, soccer and volleyball teams to male students who identify as female.”

Wangyot, 18, nicknamed “Ice,” qualified for the 100- and 200-meter finals at the state competition, running at 13.14 seconds, took home third place in the 200-meter dash (27.3 seconds) and fifth in the 100 (13.36 seconds). Wangyot also played for the girls volleyball and basketball teams this past year.

 

 

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  1. Ralph Dave Westfall says:

    If this boy wants to compete as a girl, he can do so as a girl in boys athletic events. Girls have been doing that in Little League for over 40 years. See http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/small-wonders/article/11127095/small-wonders-meet-girls-toppled-little-league That way there is no unfair muscular advantage.

    If he wants to emphasize that he considers himself a girl, he can compete in boys events wearing lipstick, eye shadow, “falsies” or whatever else he wants to use to signal that to onlookers.

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