Transgender athletes have once again sparked debate for their participation in certain activities, particularly when a middle-aged trans woman recently competed on a cricket team with members as young as twelve.
Outraged parents have expressed their disapproval with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s transgender policy, which enabled a male-born person of advanced age to join the team.
There is an ongoing debate as to how trans women’s biological advantage could adversely affect young girls, and some parents have observed that their daughters are becoming increasingly unwilling to participate in certain activities.
The age and identity of the transgender participant have not been disclosed.
Middle-Aged, Male-Born Competitor Prompts Serious Concern
One parent stated, “Many girls at this age are only just starting hard-ball cricket, and one incident is enough to turn them off the game.” Another parent, as relayed by The Telagraph, called the situation “unacceptable, uncomfortable and dangerous.” Six first-class counties have demanded answers from the governing body.
An anonymous player shared that the middle-aged, trans competitor “hits the ball harder than any other I have seen in the league.”
Club rules state, “trans women may compete in any female-only competition, league or match and should be accepted in the gender in which they present.”
The trans player has caused a multitude of injuries, the most severe being a crippling blow to an innocent young girl who was forced to stay off the court for many months.
This instance in the U.K. highlights the increasing worries regarding gender transition regulations detrimentally affecting female athletes, with multiple pending cases presently occurring in America as well.
More Uproar Over Transgender Policy
In the most prominent case, NCAA transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has faced opposition from University of Kentucky’s Riley Gaines and other female collegiate athletes.
Not only did Gaines highlight Thomas’s advantage in the swimming pool, she also brought attention to a possible issue with women being exposed to a trans competitor’s private body parts after an unfortunate incident.
Renowned surfer Bethany Hamilton and former ESPN commentator Marcellus Wiley have both voiced their opinion against transgender competitors. Both voiced their worries about the disadvantageous competition young women encounter.
“This concerns me as a professional athlete that has been competing in the World Surf League events for the past 15-plus years,” Hamilton said. “I think many of the girls currently on tour are not in support with this new rule and they fear being ostracized if they speak up.”
In a video posted to Twitter earlier this week, Wiley shared the following insight:
“I have no issue with transgenders. I do have an issue with athletes who are transgendered trying to participate going from a transition to a woman and now playing with the women. And, I will say that. You all can try to Dave Chappelle me all you want. I am very clear on this. You can be a transgender.
You can be the homie, but I’ll be damned if a male at birth turns into a female and tries to compete against my daughters. She ain’t out there. We out.”