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Should trans athletes be able to compete against the gender they identify with?

Bleacher Report published a profile on Andraya Yearwood, a transgender track athlete who is fighting to compete with women, and many people have opinions about it. Some are saying that since she was born a male, it would be unfair for her to compete against women. Others are saying that she should be able to compete against the gender she identifies with. What do you think? 👨🏿👩🏿

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If people feel they are a woman trapped in a man's body or vice versa, they have the right to do whatever it takes to make them feel whole. But bringing it into sports, where otherwise banned hormone therapy and disproportionate strength can make competition uneven, has some critics crying foul.

Trans athletes making the transition from a woman to a man are prescribed testosterone, which can result in quicker muscle building and more strength. If a trans man is able to compete with women, he could have a competitive advantage that may not be easy to overcome. Some people have even proposed that trans athletes just compete against other trans athletes, rather than muddle the playing field.

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People are crying about the competitive advantage males have against females, but that might not be true. Yearwood hasn't won every competition she has competed in, getting beat by faster cis women. If the playing field is even, there is no reason she can't run against other girls.

Trans athletes shouldn't have to sacrifice dreams of competing at the highest level because of close-minded individuals. She has every right to compete against women because she identifies as one. Denying trans athletes that opportunity is denying them the chance to do what they love and learn valuable life lessons. Regulators need to stop putting roadblocks up for these athletes and let them compete where they want.

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Should trans athletes be able to compete against the gender they identify with?
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#PlayYourBirthSex
#AcceptTransAthletes