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Transgender sprinter Andraya Yearwood (Photo: YouTube)
A 15-year-old young man who was born male and has the surging testosterone levels of a man – but still claims to identify as a woman – is crushing his female competitors in high-school track and field.
Cromwell High School freshman Andraya Yearwood obliterated his competition in the girls’ 100-meter dash with a time of 12.66 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 26.08 seconds at Connecticut’s Class M. track meet on May 30.
But there’s one major problem: The powerful sprinter, Connecticut’s “girls champion” with a slight mustache, enjoyed the full benefits of high-level testosterone pumping through his body when he declared victory against his female peers.
Yearwood never underwent hormonal treatment or sex-reassignment surgery before he began racing girls. In other words, he’s enjoying his significant competitive advantage of being on a girls team as a young man with the highest testosterone levels of the entire male lifespan.
Yearwood’s father, Rahsaan Yearwood, told the Hartford Courant: “If someone says, ‘Why is your daughter running with the girls?’ I say because she’s my daughter, much like the reason your daughter is running with the girls. She’s running exactly where she should be running.”
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Transgender sprinter Andraya Yearwood obliterates his female competition in a Class M preliminary race
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference lets students and their schools decide which teams they can join. According to the Hartford Courant, the conference claims state and federal laws mandate that students may compete on sports teams that align with their public gender identity.
As WND recently reported, the movement for “equality” has apparently inspired transgender athletes to join teams of their preferred gender, and debate is raging over whether biological males should be permitted to compete against biological females in sports. The National Collegiate Athletic Association and Olympics have instituted policies allowing transgender athletes to compete on teams that correspond with genders with which they identify, provided the athletes undergo a year of hormone replacement therapy.
In the case of high-school competitors, the rules often don’t require hormone therapy. And testosterone levels are at their highest for teen boys between the ages of 15 and 18.
A 15-year-old boy like Yearwood may produce up to 1,200 nanograms per deciliter of testosterone while a 15-year-old girl produces just 7-75 nanograms per deciliter, according to the Mayo Clinic.
High levels of testosterone mean increased muscle mass (TW Storer et al, 2003), bone mass and competitive drive. Testosterone also reduces body fat (Bhasin et al, “Testosterone: Action, Deficiency, Substitution,” 2004) and boosts aggression and motivation for competition (ED Gleason et al., 2009; EJ Hermans et al., 2008).
Had Yearwood competed against boys his age at the track meet, he would have placed dead last. In the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes for boys, last-place competitors finished in 11.73 seconds and 25.59 seconds, respectively – both clocking in with faster times than Yearwood’s.
The girl who took second behind Yearwood, Stonington junior Kate Hall, became tearful over her loss.
“It’s frustrating,” Hall told the Courant. “But that’s just the way it is now. … I can’t really say what I want to say, but there’s not much I can do about it. You can’t blame anyone. Her times were slowing during the season. If I ran my best race, I could have won. I didn’t. I hadn’t felt good the last three days, but there are no excuses. From what I know, she is really nice, and that’s all that matters. She’s not rude and obnoxious.”
Hall’s coach, Ben Bowne, told the paper: “Kate was emotional. She works really hard. She’s a very competitive athlete. She hates losing to anybody.
“I’ve just told her all year run your best. If this girl has better times than you, she’s going to help you as a runner. That’s what we focused on.”
Why is all this happening? In his widely acclaimed new book, “The Snapping of the American Mind,” award-winning journalist David Kupelian stunningly documents – in a chapter titled “Gender Madness” – precisely what the transgender phenomenon is really all about. Prepare to be shocked.
Meanwhile, biological men and boys who join women and girls’ teams are smashing records and dominating in sports such as weightlifting, softball, cycling, track, wrestling, football, volleyball, dodgeball, handball, cricket, golf, basketball and mixed martial arts.
As WND reported, a new study found that even if a biological male takes hormones, surgically alters his body and identifies as “female,” the procedures still won’t make him a woman. That’s because there are at least 6,500 genes that contain sex-specific instructions for males and females.
For the study by Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, professor Shmuel Pietrokovski and Dr. Moran Gershoni, both researchers from the institute’s Molecular Genetics Department, “looked closely at around 20,000 protein-coding genes, sorting them by sex and searching for differences in expression in each tissue. They eventually identified around 6,500 genes with activity that was biased toward one sex or the other in at least one tissue, adding to the already major biological differences between men and women.”
Among Pietrokovski’s and Gershoni’s findings:
- Highly expressed genes found in the skin of men relate to body hair growth.
- Men have higher gene expression for muscle building when compared to women.
- Women have higher gene expression for storing fat when compared to men.
- Men have genes in their mammary glands that scientists believe suppress lactation.
- Women have genes that are expressed only in the left ventricle of the heart. One of these genes, which is also linked to calcium absorption, declines with age. Scientists believe the genes protect the heart and stay active in women until menopause, when gene expression is shut down and women experience higher risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
- Women have a gene that’s active in the brain and may help protect them from Parkinson’s disease, which is more common in men.
- Scientists also found variation in gene expression in the liver, which likely accounts for differences in the way men and women process drugs.
A male athlete’s muscular structure. Medical image created by Kjpargeter – Freepik.com
And in the world of sports, critics argue, equality between the sexes simply doesn’t exist. Physiologically speaking, there’s a gender gap between men and women that cannot be erased.
Aside from the gene-expression differences found in the study, biological males have a number of athletic advantages over women.
When it comes to running, men are generally faster than women. As the 2015 edition of Runner’s World explained, “At every distance up to the marathon, the gap between men’s and women’s world record times is nine to 10 percent – and it’s a similar or even higher percentage among recreational runners.”
Ohio University biological sciences lecturer Chris Schwirian told Runner’s World: “Faster men’s times for 100 to 800 meters are mostly due to men, on average, having greater muscle mass – and a larger portion of it is fast-twitch, which allows them to generate greater force, speed and anaerobically produced energy. At all distances beyond 800 meters, the main reason for the gap is men’s higher aerobic capacity [VO2max], on average, which is due to their typically having less body fat, more hemoglobin and muscle mass, and larger hearts and lungs than women.”
A female athlete’s muscular structure. People image created by Kjpargeter – Freepik.com
On average, men have longer and larger bones, which gives them mechanical advantages over women, since they have greater leverage, increased height and larger frames to support muscle. Their bones are also more dense, and they have tougher ligaments, making them less prone to sports injury.
Since these physical and physiological factors give most men a clear competitive edge in sports, is it fair or even safe for biological males – with larger muscle mass, hearts and lungs and greater strength, acceleration and speed – to compete against girls and women?
It’s now happening across America and around the world.
To document the growing trend, WND has compiled the following list of headline-making transgender athletes crashing women’s sports.
Weightlifting: Biological male takes 1st place in women’s contest
Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who was born a man, won the Australian international women’s competition March 19.
Hubbard, 39, lifted 591 pounds, nearly 20 pounds more than the woman who won the silver medal by lifting 572 pounds.
Transgender Lauren Hubbard, born a man, wins the Australian international women’s competition March 19 after lifting 591 pounds (Photo: 1 News Now)
Weightlifter Deborah Acason, from the Australian Weightlifting Federation, told 1 News Now she’s concerned about the fairness of Hubbard competing in the women’s division.
“We all deserve to be on an even playing field,” Acason said. “It’s difficult when you believe that you’re not. If it’s not even, why are we doing the sport?”
The International Olympic Committee recognizes male and female as genders, and transgender women are classified as female.
Sportswriter Phil Gifford argued that Hubbard should be allowed to compete with women.
“[S]he is completely entitled, I believe, to compete, and anybody who says otherwise is either being, I think, very prejudiced, which is the main thing I would imagine, or just jealous of the fact that maybe this woman has come along and she’s better than the female competitors.”
Cycling: Biological male dominates women’s competition
Transgender cyclist Jillian Bearden, a 36-year-old biological male and Colorado Springs native, won the women’s division of the El Tour de Tucson in four hours and 26 minutes in November 2016.
Transgender cyclist Jillian Bearden, 36, formerly known as Jonathan (Photo: CyclingTips.com)
Bearden founded the world’s first transgender cycling group, Transnational Women’s Cycling Team.
“It’s absolutely huge,” Bearden told the Daily Star of his El Tour de Tucson victory. “We’re at a moment of time – especially now – where not only do we have to come out but we have to be positive. We have to come together in solidarity and move this country in a direction that is accepting of all.”
Third-place finisher Suzanne Sonya told Cycling Tips: “I’ll take her on any day, but that’s just me. I’ll take on men, too. I feel bad about saying it, but, no, I do not think it’s fair play, and I question her integrity knowing that she’s going into these events knowing that she is going to be stronger.
“I’m sure [Bearden] had a rough go at it. It’s very difficult to be transgender. But [when it comes to racing], it’s problematic to me that she [transitioned] only a couple years ago, and has lived 30 years as a man. Regardless of testosterone levels, she’s got muscle memory and a lung capacity that I could never build up. She was a Cat 1 as a male. I could never match a pro man. How fair is that to her female competitors?”
Softball: Male transgender joins girls team
California allowed Pat Cordova-Goff, 17, born a male, to join the girls’ softball team at Azusa High School in Azusa in 2014. Goff was already a cheerleader at the school.
State law requires that “a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”
“We feel really confident about her ability,” Azusa Unified Superintendent Linda Kaminski told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. “No. 1 as a district, we want to ensure access to everyone, but we’re also committed to placing students on the team on their merits. … Based on her skills, Pat did make the team.”
Transgender Pat Cordova-Goff, born a male, was recently allowed to join the girls’ softball team
“Parents had questions and we answered them as best we could,” Azusa High School principal Ramiro Rubalcaba told Fox News. “My experience is that the parents have been pleased.
“Some students and players may feel uncomfortable, but that’s only because this is something new to them. But I believe they are all going to be accepting,” he said. “And I think the team is going to bring home a championship. That’s my prediction.”
But Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, told Fox the state’s decision to allow biological males to compete with females is unfair.
“It’s intolerable of this young man to not accept an equal standing of girls playing girls,” Thomasson said. “It is categorically unfair to biological girls to have to compete with a sexually confused young man with stronger upper body strength, who makes the game board decidedly ‘unequal.’”
Track and field: Transgender high-schooler places 3rd at state
High-school runner Nattaphon Wangyot, 18, born a male, participated in the Class 3A girls’ sprints at the Alaska state meet in June 2016 and placed 3rd in the 200-meter dash (27.3 seconds) and 5th in the 100-meter dash (13.36 seconds) (Photo: screenshot)
High-school runner Nattaphon Wangyot, 18, born a male, participated in the Class 3A girls’ sprints at the Alaska state meet in June 2016 and placed 3rd in the 200-meter dash (27.3 seconds) and 5th in the 100-meter dash (13.36 seconds). Wangyot also competed on girls’ volleyball and basketball teams.
The Alaska Schools Activities Association has a policy that allows each school district to determine whether transgender athletes may compete in a sport as their chosen gender.
“We didn’t want to necessarily create a situation where we were going to bring in a committee and those types of things just because it’s just not practical here,” ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland told KTVA-TV.
Sixteen runners qualified for state, according to the report.
Female high-school runner Saskia Harrison, who barely missed the cut, told KTVA: “I’m glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy in who they are, but I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100 percent fair.”
Eagle River junior Peyton Young, also a runner, said: “I don’t know what’s politically correct to say, but in my opinion, your gender is what you’re born with. It’s the DNA. Genetically, a guy has more muscle mass than a girl, and if he’s racing against a girl, he may have an advantage.”
Alaska Family Action President Jim Minnery held a protest against rules that allow male athletes to compete against females.
“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,” he said. “Allowing students to play on teams of the opposite sex disproportionately impacts female students, who will lose spots on a track, soccer and volleyball teams to male students who identify as female.”
Track: Transgender takes 1st place
Cromwell High School in Connecticut is allowing freshman Andraya Yearwood, a 15-year-old biological male, to compete on its girls’ track team.
Yearwood is already raising eyebrows with speed that exceeds that of biological females. In the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the season’s first meet, Yearwood came in at 11.99 seconds and 26.34 seconds, respectively. He took first place in both.
“I have a spectacular female athlete,” coach Brian Calhoun told the Hartford Courant. “There’s nothing more to say. To approach it any other way might create some sort of issue or conversation.”
Cromwell High School freshman Andraya Yearwood (Photo: Screenshot, Hartford Courant)
Yearwood told the Courant he wants to “inspire people, but not only with track.”
“I hope it inspires people to not hold yourself back just because you’re scared of it or it is your first time doing it, or because of other people’s negativity,” Yearwood said.
Yearwood’s mother, Ngozi Nnaji, said critics should stop arguing that her child shouldn’t participate in girls’ sports.
“I know they’ll say it is unfair and not right, but my counter to that is: Why not?” Nnaji asked. “She is competing and practicing and giving her all and performing and excelling based on her skills. Let that be enough. Let her do that and be proud of that.”
Yearwood’s father, Rahsaan Yearwood, told the Courant: “If someone says, ‘Why is your daughter running with the girls?’ I say because she’s my daughter, much like the reason your daughter is running with the girls. She’s running exactly where she should be running.”
Rowing: Transgender makes all-conference team
Ryan Lavigne, a biological male, is on the women’s rowing team at the Portland-based Lewis & Clark College. Lavigne made the all-conference team announced at the Northwest Conference Championships in April.
“There is no difference between me and anybody else in the conference, and that’s a really nice feeling,” Lavigne, who identifies as a lesbian, told OutSports.com.
Ryan Lavigne rows for the women’s team at Lewis & Clark College (Photo: Lewis & Clark College)
The Lewis & Clark Pioneers finished in third place.
“Coming in last year, I was really worried about how – not only the crew that I row for but the entire conference – would [respond to] one of the very few trans athletes in the nation,” LaVigne told the site. “This year, getting that [all-conference honor] and just having a really good race on the same day, it was a cherry on top.”
Wrestler Mack Beggs
Wrestling: Transgender wins high-school girls tournament
Mack Beggs, 17, was born a girl and reportedly began identifying as a boy at the age of 3. Though Beggs underwent testosterone treatments for more than a year and had the muscle mass of a teenage boy, Beggs competed and took first place in the University Interscholastic League state girls’ championship on Feb. 25, 2016.
“If he has been taking hormones, or steroids, he should be wrestling boys,” youth counselor Melissa Roush told CNN.
Dr. Brandon Mines, assistant professor at Emory University’s Department of Orthopedics, agreed with Roush’s statement.
“Testosterone and anabolic steroids are in the same family and have the effect of increasing muscle mass and strength gains,” Mines told CNN.
Mack Beggs, 17, was born a girl. Beggs underwent testosterone treatments for more than a year and had the muscle mass of a teenage boy. Beggs competed and took first place in the University Interscholastic League state girls’ championship on Feb. 25, 2016. (Photo: screenshot)
The league allows wrestlers to compete only against their own gender, based on sex listed on birth certificates.
Beggs had a 56-0 season and 110-pound weight class title.
Football: Transgender sues women’s team, plays on another
Transgender football player Christina Ginther, who was born a male and is six feet tall, has sued a semi-pro women’s football team for discrimination and is now playing for another women’s football team.
Transgender football player Christina Ginther (Photo: Minnesota Public Radio)
Ginther, 44, tried out for the Minnesota Vixen women’s football team in October after transitioning from male to female. But he was told the league doesn’t allow biological males to play against females due to safety concerns.
“I hung up the phone and just felt violated,” Ginther said, according to Minnesota Public Radio. “I mean, just the sense of, ‘I’m a freak. I’m defective. I am not worthy to be with this team.”
So Ginther filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Minnesota Vixen and the Independent Women’s Football League, or IWFL.
Minnesota Vixen attorney Greg Van Gompel explained the league policy: “It says, ‘A player may not play in the IWFL, unless they are now, and always have been, legally and medically a female, as determined by their birth certificate and driver’s license.”
Transgender football player Christina Ginther (Photo: Minnesota Public Radio)
Ginther claims his testosterone levels have dropped to near zero after taking estrogen for two years.
Now Ginther plays for the Minnesota Machine, a team in another women’s football league. He said he hopes his lawsuit will inspire other transgender athletes.
“A lot of times, we’re afraid our voice won’t be heard or maybe the consequences of speaking up will just make things worse for us,” Ginther said. “But if anything, trans people should feel empowered. Yes, we do have a voice.”
Volleyball: Transgender player eyes 2020 Olympics
Transgender volleyball player Tia Thompson has eyes set on 2020 Olympics
Transgender volleyball player Tia Thompson, born a male, played with the men’s division of USA Volleyball, or USAV, until Thompson was given permission in January to play in the women’s division, NBC News reported.
“It took me three years to finally get approved with all the transitioning and hormone therapy and submitting all my paperwork to the Gender Committee,” Thompson said.
Under USAV rules, transgender women must undergo hormone replacement therapy for at least a year and change their gender to female on their I.D. documentation.
Thompson is scheduled to compete in the Haili Volleyball Tournament on Hawaii’s Big Island this month.
Thompson also has big plans for 2020, when he would like to compete in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
“By me coming out and opening the doors, it will get more accepted,” Thompson said.
Mixed martial arts: Transgender fighter competes in women’s division
Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox, born a man, gave his female opponent a concussion and broke her eye socket in 2015.
The woman, Tamikka Brents, suffered a serious eye injury from a damaged orbital bone and needed seven staples after she fought Fox.
The TKO came at 2:17 during the first round of their match.
Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox (Photo: Championship Fighting Alliance)
Brents told WHOA-TV, “I’ve never felt so overpowered in my life.”
“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night,” she said. “I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor. I can only say I’ve never felt so overpowered in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right.”
Brents said Fox’s “grip was different.”
“I could usually move around in the clinch against … females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.”
Watch a spectator’s video of the brutal Fallon Fox vs. Tamikka Brents fight. (Warning: The following video contains foul language that may offend some readers):
In 2013, UFC commentator Joe Rogan was outraged that Fallon fought as a female athlete.
“She calls herself a woman, but I tend to disagree,” he said. “She used to be a man, but now … she’s a transgender, which is (the) official term that means you’ve gone through it, right? And she wants to be able to fight women in MMA? I say no f—ing way. I say if you had a d–k at one point in time, you also have all the bone structure that comes with having a d–k. You have bigger hands. You have bigger shoulder joints. You’re a f—ing man. That’s a man, OK?”
Rogan called Fallon a “huge” fighter with a “man’s face.”
“You want to be a woman and you want to take female hormones? You want to get a boob job? That’s all fine. I support your right to live as a woman,” he said.
But, Rogan argued, Fallon should fight only men.
“She has to fight guys,” he said. “First of all, she’s not really a she. She’s a transgender, post-op person. The operation doesn’t shave down your bone density. It doesn’t change. You look at a man’s hands, and you look at a woman’s hands, and they’re built different. They’re just thicker. They’re stronger. Your wrists are thicker. Your elbows are thicker. Your joints are thicker. Just the mechanical function of punching, a man can do it much harder than a woman can, period.”
Basketball: Transgender, 50, joins women’s college team
Gabrielle Ludwig, 50, who was born Robert, joined the women’s basketball team at Mission College in Santa Clara, California, in 2012.
Ludwig is 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds.
On Nov. 30, 2012, a judge awarded Ludwig a new birth certificate designating him a “female.”
Ludwig played on the women’s team even though he was a male college basketball player in 1980 for Nassau Community College. According to Community College Athletic Association bylaws, a student may only play for two years. But the athletic association made an exception for Ludwig, so he could play as a woman.
The women on the team nicknamed Ludwig “Big Sexy” and “Princess.”
Transgender basketball player Gabrielle Ludwig
Volleyball: Transgender makes women’s team
Transgender volleyball player Chloe Psyche Anderson, 24, born a male, joined the U.C. Santa Cruz women’s volleyball team in 2016. Anderson is one of the first transgender athletes to play volleyball at the NCAA Division III level.
“Once I decided to come out as transgender, it was the first time I really started to feel good about myself,” Anderson told the U.C. Santa Cruz newspaper. “[Before that] I had never really experienced being happy. I really was just totally lost.”
Anderson said hormone therapy has caused muscle weakness and coordination problems.
Transgender volleyball player Chloe Psyche Anderson, born a male, plays on U.C. Santa Cruz’s women’s volleyball team (Photo: UC Santa Cruz/Claire Ortiz)
Does he have an advantage because he was born male? Anderson doesn’t think so.
“I probably have the least testosterone of anyone on the team,” Anderson said.
Anderson lives in a new housing community for transgender students at U.C. Santa Cruz.
Transgender dodgeball player Savannah Burton (Photo: Twitter)
Dodgeball: Transgender player competes against women
Transgender Savannah Burton, born a male, used to play on a male dodgeball team. But Burton, a Canadian, transitioned and now plays on a professional women’s dodgeball team. In 2015, Burton competed in the world championship.
“I was still playing dodgeball when I started taking the testosterone blockers and estrogen,” Burton told Shape.com. “I could definitely see that my throw wasn’t as hard as it was. I couldn’t play the same way. I couldn’t compete at the same level that I had.”
Shape noted that Burton, as a male, threw balls so hard that they would bounce off opponents’ chests with a loud noise.
Now, he claims he throws more like a girl.
“Now, a lot of people are catching those balls,” Burton said. “So it’s kind of frustrating that way.”
Burton has also competed in a female rowing competition.
Transgender dodgeball player Savannah Burton (Photo: Twitter)
Transgender Vanessa Sites (left) skates in women’s roller derby
Roller derby: Transgender skates on women’s team
Skater Vanessa Sites, 31, is the first transgender to compete on Team USA in the World Cup of Roller Derby.
Though Sites has skated in roller derby for at least eight years, he didn’t reveal his transgender identity to the media until recently.
“I want people to know me for my skating and not what’s between my legs,” Sites told the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, online newspaper the Times Leader.
Sites is a member of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby based in New York City.
“I’m so good at it, so I wanted to be the best,” Sites told the paper.
Even though Sites was born a biological male, he doesn’t believe he has an unfair advantage when he competes against women.
“I don’t think I have an advantage,” Sites said. “I get knocked down the same as everyone else.”
Sites said other transgender players skate in roller derby, “but I’m one of the few that … was gifted with skills and really love it. I just worked really hard. I want to be the best.”
Cricket: Transgender player joins women’s team
Transgender Catherine McGregor, born a male, is a cricket player on a Canberra, Australia, women’s team. In late 2016, McGregor said he wanted to play in the Women’s Big Bash League.
“I have been pleasantly surprised because there was always the fear that the haters out there would say I don’t deserve to play in the women’s competition because I was born male,” McGregor, 60, said. “It hasn’t happened though, and I have had all sorts of messages.
“And the women on my team didn’t give a stuff. They have welcomed me with open arms, and I can see a real future there,” McGregor said. “In fact there is already a trans woman on our team, so it’s a complete non-event in terms of controversy for them.”
Transgender cricket player Catherine McGregor, born a male, wants to play for the Women’s Big Bash League (Photo: Twitter)
McGregor said he no longer produces testosterone and has high levels of estrogen.
“I know there might be some out there who would say, ‘That’s just an old bloke in a dress,’ but I would argue that any physical advantages I may have had as a born male are offset by my age and the changes to my body,” McGregor said.
Transgender cricket player Catherine McGregor (left), born a male, transitioned from Malcolm (right) in 2012
Handball: Transgender star joins women’s team
Transgender Hannah Mouncey, 26, a biological male, was previously captain of a men’s handball team in Canberra, Australia. He played 22 games for the men’s team, including the 2013 World Championships and qualifications for the 2016 Olympic Games.
But then he began taking hormone treatments and transitioned into a woman in May 2016.
Transgender handball player Hannah Mouncey (in yellow), known as Callum in this photo before he transitioned from a male into a female
In August 2016, Mouncey announced he would be joining the Australian women’s handball team.
“Sport is very physical in nature, and it can be perceived to be a very masculine, macho environment,” Mouncey told the Daily Mail last year. “But in general sport is probably one of the more accepting places you could find.”
Mouncey said he hopes his story can inspire others.
“The more people that come out as trans from different walks of life hopefully it will make people see … it’s something probably more common than they think, and it’s OK,” he said.
But in October 2016, the Daily Telegraph reported Mouncey had been sidelined over height fears.
Transgender handball player Hannah Mouncey
Handball Australia ruled that he couldn’t join the women’s team in a tournament. The official reason was that he hadn’t completed a full year of hormone treatment. But sources told the paper that Mouncey’s six-foot-two-inch stature posed a big problem.
“She’s still a 6-foot, 2-inch female and is still 100kg [220 pounds] or so and larger than everyone else with a physical advantage and a certain level of muscle mass … we have to protect the other players,” the source told the Telegraph.
“It would not be an issue six months down the line as she will have met IOC guidelines, but the fact Hannah was three weeks out of the 12-month IOC guideline, and no one had dealt with a transgender player in a contact sport before, meant no precedent was set. No one was prepared to break the rules.”
Board members reportedly feared they would not be insured if Mouncey injured a female player.
“Being able to play as a woman for the first time after transitioning would have meant feeling normal again,” Mouncey told the Telegraph. “In six months, I’ll still be 6 foot 2 inches and big, and nothing will have changed. Anyone who thinks I have an unfair advantage is wrong. Being tall means I have extra weight to carry and can’t run as fast as the girls.”
Golf: Transgender pro-golfer plays in women’s tournament
Transgender pro-golfer Mianne Bagger
In 2004, pro-golfer Mianne Bagger, born a male, became the first transgender woman to play in a professional golf tournament.
“That was huge,” Bagger told ABC News correspondent Jay Schadler of her chance to play in the 2004 Women’s Australian Open. “It’s like I get there and I’m on the course side of the ropes. I’m here. I’m playing. It was like, wow!”
Bagger claims his physical advantages from being born male are now gone, since he took female hormones.
“The physical changes are, you lose muscle mass and testosterone,” Bagger said.
“You lose overall strength. … I certainly wouldn’t be out there playing if I felt I had an unfair advantage.”
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