- Transgender teenager set a new record after she finished first for the 100 and 200 meter race
- The young girl was born a male
- Some parents are now calling for a change in rules that allows transgenders to compete in athletic games
A secondary student who is a transgender has broken records after she completed a 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash in seconds. The young girl finished her race in 11.72 seconds and 24.17 seconds.
The young girl identified as Terry Miller who identifies as a female was born a male. She made a name for herself during a state open track and field competition on Monday, June 4, after she finished her race in seconds.
According to DailyMail, Miller completed her 100 meter race in 11.72 seconds and her 200 meter race in 24.17 seconds.
Miller is a Nigerian teenager, and a student of Bulkeley High School. She had competed on the girls team wining both races in seconds. A fellow transgender identified as Andraya Yearwood also came second in the 100 meter dash.
Both girls' wins brought up mixed reactions among parents and fellow students, many stated that it is unfair for the transgender girls to compete with girls.
A student of Glastonbury Selina Soule said:
"I think it's unfair to the girls who work really hard to do well and qualify for Open and New Englands. These girls, they're just coming in and beating everyone."
Soule who finished sixth place in the 100 meter dash added that she has no problem with them wanting to be girls.
A parent of one of the students Bianca Stanescu noted that there is no transgender competition when it comes to intellectual education but with sports it's different.
"Sports are set up for fairness, biologically male and female are different. The great majority is being sacrificed for the minority."
DailyMail reported that Stanescu has received 60 petition signatures by parents calling for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference to change the rule that allows athletes to compete in the specific gender they identify with.
However, there are some people rooting for Yearwood and Miller. A student of RHAM High School Bridget Lalonde who finished third place stated that she was not upset that transgenders won.
"To be honest, I think it's great they get a chance to compete and as long as they're happy. I guess, there's not that much I can do. The rules are the rules. The only competition is the clock. You can only run as fast as you can."
Carly Swierbut also agreed, saying:
"If you're good enough to run, you're good enough to run. If somebody wants to win, they're going to work their tail off to win. It doesn't matter who you are, what you are, everybody should have the chance. "
We are hearing more often about transgender individuals doing remarkable things and Briefly.co.za recently featured an article on a fearless transgender model who is using her voice for change.
This model made it on the pages of Cosmopolitan South Africa, oozing confidence and radiating sass.
She is representing the minority in a fashion revolution and creating a platform for those that have not been able to represent themselves.
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