Braving accusations of bigotry, coaches and parents are finally speaking out about transgender female athletes who are crushing girls in high school track.
In the state of Connecticut, biological males Terry Miller (pictured above) and Andraya Yearwood (pictured below) placed first and second respectively when runners competed in state finals in recent weeks.
Miller, in fact, set a meet record in the 200-meter dash on June 4 and set a new record in the 100-meter dash three days later.
The Daily Wire and other media pointed out that record-breaker Miller was competing on the boys' team over the winter then joined the girls' team.
Gary Moore, the coach for a competing team, meanwhile, has said Miller has the right to compete, but his presence was unfair to the female runners and there should be a "level playing field."
Coach Moore, from Hillhouse High, went on to state that he was stopped by at least five coaches who told him they appreciated his concerns that were published in the local newspaper.
"How come other coaches aren't talking?" he asked. "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?"
A second track coach complained that current state law allows Miller to compete. The law should be changed, he said, because it was written to protect homosexuals and transgenders from bullying - not to open up girls' high school sports to boys who identify as girls.
Steve McConkey of 4 Winds Christian Athletics says it's wrong that a high school athlete can simply say they want to compete as a girl with no rules or barriers to block them. But, he adds, it's good to see coaches, players, and parents pushing back.
"Don't be afraid," he says, even when school authorities and LGBT activists make claims of bullying.
In fact, an executive director for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference cited "civil rights issues" and Title IX requirements when asked about the fairness of biological boys competing.
But the opposition isn't backing down, however.
"Of course it should be that way for math and science and chorus," a female 100-meter runner said. "Sports are set up for fairness. Biologically male and female are different. The great majority is being sacrificed for the minority.”
"The rule needs to be changed,” said a track coach representing Simsbury High.
Another track story by another newspaper, the Harford Courant, reports the mother of a female athlete is circulating a petition asking the state legislature to require athletes to compete in sports based on their gender at birth unless the athlete has undergone hormone therapy.
The father of two boys' runners is also circulating a similar petition asking high school athletic directors to sign, the story states.
The story is followed by a lenghty editor's note in which the newspaper unapologetically states that it sided with transgender athletes in the story, stating:
Everybody wants to win and there’s nothing wrong with that. But there’s more to it; playing on a team is also about commitment, dedication, teamwork and inclusion. Many great — and lasting —friendships were forged on the playing field.
According to female athletes, their coaches and parents, however, the CIAC is asking them to befriend biological males, who are naturally faster and stronger than biological females, but are allowed by current state law to compete side by side with them.
"You need to stand up and stay strong," advises McConkey, "and lovingly tell people the truth and don't cave in."
Editor's Note: A news story by the Hartford Courant newspaper has been added to this story.