By Heather Clark | christiannews.net
HAINES, Alaska — A family group in Alaska is crying foul after it became aware that a male student at Haines High School who identifies as female is being permitted to compete against girls on the school’s track team and at the state championship.
Nattaphon “Ice” Wangyot, 18, a senior at the high school, recently qualified for the 100-meter and 200-meter finals, but some female students question whether it is fair for him to compete on a girls’ team.
“I’m glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy in who they are, but I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100-percent fair,” Saskia Harrison of Fairbanks Hutchison High School told KTVA-TV.
“Genetically, a guy has more muscle mass than a girl, and if he’s racing against a girl, he may have an advantage,” said Peyton Young of Eagle River High School.
But Wangyot says that he takes female hormones regularly to suppress his testosterone levels, and finds support in his coaches.
“Some hateful people make me stronger and stronger,” he told reporters. “So I want to say ‘thank you’ for everybody.”
The Haines Borough School District also has a policy permitting students to play on sports teams based on their gender identity.
“Yeah, we’re not gonna discriminate based on gender identity. That’s the just the long and the short of it,” Haines School District Interim Superintendent Rich Carlson remarked.
“For the purposes of gender identification for interscholastic activities, the district will consider the gender identity based on the student’s consistent declaration of gender identity, their actions, attitude, dress and mannerisms,” the policy reads.