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By Christine Emerson
Observer Staff Writer 

Transgender Female Wins Two Medals At Alaska State Track & Field Final

Protests Show Not Everyone Is OK With a Boy With Gender Dysphoria, Competing as a Girl

 

Haines (Alaska) senior sprinter Nattaphon Wangyot became the first transgender student to run in Alaska's state meet.

Clearly, not everyone in America is willing to accept transgender women as women, Caitlyn Jenner not withstanding.

As senior sprinter Nattaphon "Ice" Wangyot became the first transgender student-athlete to compete in a high school state championship, Alaska Family Action president Jim Minnery and a dozen supporters of his conservative group gathered outside the state track meet to protest the 18-year-old sprinter.

"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," Minnery said during a press conference at the State meet. "... Allowing students to play on teams of the opposite sex disproportionately impacts female students, who will lose spots on track, soccer and volleyball teams to male students who identify as female."

Wangyot is from Thailand. She was born male, has a full set of male genitalia, but identifies as female. "I am a girl born in a boy's body," she says. She qualified as Class 3A for girls' sprints at the Alaska State Finals Track and Field meet. She was awarded a third place in the 200-meter dash (27.3). She was also awarded fifth place in the 100 (13.36).

Wangyot’s mother, Tukta Panyawong, told the Chilkat Daily News, “You don’t have to be afraid. If you are transgender, you should be yourself. There’s nothing wrong. You’re still human. You’re a good person.” Thai culture is historically tolerant of Transgenderism.

During her senior year, Wangyot also played for the girls volleyball and basketball teams at Haines High School.

Hutchinson High School Junior Saskia Harrison also objected to Wangyot’s running against her. Harrison's 100 meter dash time of 14.11 seconds did not make the 16-competitor cut for the Class 1A-2A-3A field.

“I’m glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy with who they are,” she told KTVA-TV, “but competitively I don’t think it’s completely 100 percent fair.”

The Alaska School Activities Association decided in May, 2015 that each individual school district could decide on a transgender student-athlete’s eligibility, on a case by case basis.

according to the Chilkat Daily News.Wangyot approached her school’s administration prior to the fall volleyball season, and asked if she could play girls volleyball. Haines principal Rene Martin and the staff decided to allow her to play V-Ball, setting aside objections by conservatives such as Minnery.

“Everybody doesn’t understand, and that’s OK,” Principal Martin said. “But you still have to show respect, and we work together and we talk about things and we try to make it respectful for everybody.”

On May 24, just days before the state track meet, Minnery joined 21 other leaders of conservative groups — most of which use the term “family” in their titles — in sending a letter to Senators Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid as well as Representatives Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy and Nancy Pelosi.

“As you are aware, executive agencies are not permitted to redefine a federal statute,” said Minnery's letter. “Rather, legislative power is vested in theLegislative Branch. The Administration is clearly attempting to bypass the legislative process and ignore the original legislative intent, which did not intend to encompass claims of discrimination based on gender identity. Tellingly, the text of Title IX itself explicitly allows educational institutions to maintain ‘separate living facilities for the different sexes,’ indicating binary, biological sex. Separating the sexes based on legitimate anatomical and biological differences — especially in the context of bathrooms, locker rooms and showers — has always been viewed as consistent with Title IX and other federal nondiscrimination statutes.”

The letter did not address how the inclusion of transgender student-athletes in high school athletics violates Title IX if teens who are born female and identify as male are also eligible to compete on boys’ teams.

Wangyot uses a single-occupancy bathroom and showers alone as a coach stands guard, according to the Chilkat Valley News. Like other transgender people across America, she is lauded by the political left as a "progressive historical figure." And seen as well, something else by conservatives.

“Genetically a guy has more muscle mass than a girl,” one Class 4A competitor told the Alaska Dispatch News, “and if he’s racing against a girl, he may have an advantage.” Wangyot told reporters she takes female hormones and other drugs to suppress testosterone levels.

Haines (Alaska) senior sprinter Nattaphon Wangyot became the first transgender student to run in Alaska's state meet.

“The people who are going to think, ‘It’s not fair to play with the boys’ — well, you don’t know that. It’s not easy,” she told the Chilkat Valley News. “It’s not like I wake up and ‘OK, I’m a girl right now.'”

Minnery disagrees however, noting that every single cell in Wanyot's body has XY chromosomes. "Being female or male is set at birth, as the bible says. Male and female created He them."

See also:

Doctor Says Transgender Surgery is "cooperating with madness." http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/06/08/lifestyle/doctor-blasts-medical-basis-of-transgenderism-sparking-internet-rage/1378.html

Exercise Guru Richard Simmons Will Become Transgender Woman at 67. http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/06/09/people/report-exercise-maven-richard-simmons-is-transgender-transitioning-to-a-woman/1358.html

 

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