Opinion: GHSA’s New Ruling is a Fair (or unfair) Call

Opinion: GHSAs New Ruling is a Fair (or unfair) Call

Last Wednesday, the Georgia High School Association’s (GHSA) executive committee voted to require athletes to compete with the gender that is listed on their birth certificate. This ruling has caused a debate whether or not transgender athletes should be allowed to compete with the gender that they identify as.

 

A Transgender person is someone who is a different sex from their sex at birth. Sex is what you’re assigned to at birth; male, female or intersex. Gender, however, is a broad spectrum that a person can identify themselves as. Cisgender, non-binary, and genderfluid are some examples. 

 

Being transgender is difficult. They face discrimination in their daily lives. Using a bathroom or being called by their correct name is a daily struggle. Banning them from competing in sports is adding another burden in their lives. Many people see sports as an escape from their problems and their escape will be taken away.

 

However, there are biological advantages of being a transgender athlete, especially when it’s a boy transitioning into a girl. Here’s a good example, without the cookie-cutter “If LeBron James was in the WNBA”. Temerius Morrison and Darius Holcomb are the fastest guys on the track team. If they, along with me, were to run a 100 meter-race, they would beat me. If they were to transition into girls, they would still beat me in a race no matter what. It will defy the whole point of women and men being equal in sports, especially women who have to work twice as hard to get half the credit they deserve.

Still, the whole point of Title XI was so that people won’t be discriminated against based on their gender. Banning trans people from sports is pretty much going against the bill. Also, if trans people can’t compete with the gender that they identify as, should we create a sports league where they can compete in. Should the NBA have a trans version?

 

Overall, there isn’t a clear right or wrong decision whether trans athletes should be allowed to compete in the gender that they identify themselves as. 

 

The views expressed from the author do not express the views from The Valhalla, East Hall High School, or Hall County School System. 

 

Sources:

Difference Between Sex and Gender

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/232363#summary

Issues of Trans People

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2017-09-29/transgender-americans-face-daily-struggles