I have no problem with people who identify as a different gender than how they were born. In today’s world, it is certainly more acceptable than when I grew up in the 1940s and 50s. If a man feels more like a woman, and a woman more like a man, and they prefer to live those lifestyles, it is not only acceptable in 2019, it is also protected.
But have we gone too far?
No matter what mentality exists within a man or woman, and regardless of surgical procedures, nothing can ever change the fact they were born with the genetics and body parts of one sex or another (with rare exceptions). It’s no secret that male athletes will naturally develop higher muscle density and heavier bone structures. That’s nature.
I would be uncomfortable seeing a male adult, however altered, enter a ladies bathroom knowing my female child was inside. That’s not being a bigot, that’s feeling protective. No matter how a transgender adjusts the human body, some are naturally very tall and muscular, obviously male. In public places, the doors to rest rooms are designated by gender. Gender doesn’t change just because someone “feels” like the other sex.
Now, the issue of transgender rights is entering the world of sports. In 2018, two transgender high school sophomores Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood came in first and second place, respectively, in the 100-meter race at the Connecticut State Open Finals angering some parents who complained they had a competitive advantage over non-transgender students. Miller also won the top prize for the 200-meter race representing her High School in Hartford. They were both born male, but they now identify as females. How unfair can it get?
If I had a super athletic daughter who was defeated in a power competition or speed race by two male-born athletes claiming to be female, I’d be angry too. And I worry that this trend will spread via intimidation of sports systems that do not want to be labeled as bigots.
On the racial side of things, this is not different than the scandal about Rachel Dolezal of Washington State, who rose to become president of the NAACP chapter in 2014. The woman claimed to be African American when it was proven she was a Caucasian imitating a black, in order to acquire benefits. No matter what efforts were made to change her hair and darken her skin color, she is still Caucasian.
One wonders in the next fifty years, how will people be labeled according to race or gender, when the markers become blurred and anyone so inclined can be anything they wish so long as they claim it their “right.”
Homosexuality is an historical reality. Great artists Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci are believed by historians to have been gay men. Revered personalities on planet Earth have been gay, including people like Rock Hudson, Peter I. Tchaikovsky, Johnny Mathis, Ellen DeGeneres, Jodi Foster and Florence Nightingale. They would all come under the modern umbrella known as LGBTQ, (Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning).
But, why queer? According to my research, this is supposed to identify all other sexual orientations beyond the first four letters, which basically means anything and everything.
I find “queer” to be a pejorative term which, to my sense of identity, does more to denigrate than to designate people who attach to a multi-sexual label. As a youngster in school, I experienced a series of horrible experiences, bullied repeatedly by kids circling me screaming “Queer.” For anyone, no matter their orientation, to be called a queer is the most denigrating of all labels. If I were gay, I would insist that the letter “Q” be removed from the acronym.
Sports is all about fair competition. When it comes to athletic achievement, I think we need to draw a line and stop giving artificial advantages to athletes because they “identify” as another gender, but still make use of the body they were born with.
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