The left-wing effort to accommodate transgender women – men who identify as female – has added more runners to a prestigious marathon next week.
The Boston Herald reports that five openly transgender women - biological men - have signed up for next week's Boston Marathon, the largest number to date.
Approximately 14,700 runners signed up as males and 12,300 signed up as females last year according to the marathon's official Boston Athletic Association website.
Tom Grilk, who heads the BAA, defended the allowance to the Herald because, he said, the Boston Marathon doesn't want to add to the burden of the "LGBT community."
Peter LaBarbera of Massachusetts-based Mass Resistance says allowing men to compete against women is unfair to female runners who have trained hard but have a natural disadvantage to a man who has also trained for the gruesome challenge.
"If men decide they want to call themselves women," says LaBarbera, "then obviously they're going to have an unfair competitive advantage over the female runners."
Geoffrey Kirui (pictured above) of Kenya won the male division last year with a time of 2:09:37 and Edna Kiplagat (pictured below), also of Kenya, won the women's race in 2:21:52.
The Boston Herald story quoted a professor of human biology at the University of California, who told the newspaper that a transgender woman – a biological male – produces higher levels of testosterone if he has not undergone surgery.
If the male runner has not had surgery to remove his male parts, said the biology professor, "they will have an advantage over other women - there is no way around that."
For an opposing view the Herald went to Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, director of an LGBT research center. He called it a "myth" that higher testosterone gives an athletic advantage and claimed there is no "physiologic advantage to being assigned male at birth."
The storied history of the Boston Marathon, however, has never seen a female runner get close to the top men's time. The best women's time ever, 2:19:50 by Buzunesh Deba, is still 16 minutes behind Mutai's record-setting time of 2:03:02.
"Men are naturally bigger and stronger, and have stronger bone density and greater muscle mass than women," says LaBarbera. "Simply taking hormones doesn't erase all of that, but that's what the transgender lobby is pretending here, and it's very serious stuff because we've already seen in other venues, whether it's swimming or racing."
He points out that Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and London marathons have announced they will allow biological males to compete without hormone therapy or surgery.
"I think most marathons will cave like the Boston Marathon because sports has become very pro-homosexual and now pro-transgender," says LaBarbera, who also serves as president of Americans for Truth. "It's going to really take a popular uprising, a protest movement of people defending normalcy and real sports, unbiased, and un-politicized sports."