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Transgender Biological Male Sets Girls Track Records

Terry Miller, a biological male who is a sophomore at a high school in Hartford, ran boys track this past winter.

But he identifies as a female, and this spring he ran girls track, setting Connecticut records in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.

Connecticut has a state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity. So by declaring himself as mentally a female, Miller was able to compete with girls.

One track coach, Brian Collins of Glastonbury High School, said that doesn’t make sense when it comes to high school sports.

“The way the law is written, Terry Miller is eligible to compete. I think a lot of people, myself in included, have a problem with is a biological male competing. When they put the state law in effect, my interpretation is it wasn’t made for high school sports. I think it was meant for all people, whether transgender, bisexual, gay, are treated fairly. I totally agree with that, but with sports it’s not a level playing field. You’d probably ask the state reps if the law should be changed for sports,” Collins told the Connecticut Post.

One coach who said publicly that the situation isn’t fair to biological females subsequently said many coaches have privately congratulated him.

“I’ve been stopped by at least five coaches today, all of them saying they really liked what I said in the paper. 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?” said Gary Moore, coach of Hillhouse High School, according to the Connecticut Post.

Some coaches aren’t allowed by their school administrators to talk publicly about the matter, according to the column, by Jeff Jacobs.

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