Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner has called for a change to Washington state’s ‘wake-up’ rules that have allowed a transgender runner to rise to the top of the girls’ rankings after she transitioned.
The athlete, who was born male and has since transitioned to female, finished 72nd in league finals last year when competing as a child.
Now, as a sophomore at Seattle Academy competing as a girl, she broke her school’s girls’ 5,000-meter cross country category and ranks first in her league, setting a time that would have ranked 48th. if he had competed in the boys division.
“We have to keep it fair,” Jenner, a Fox News contributor, told the network.
‘This problem is not going to go away, but I really feel like Washington State has to make it a little harder. [Transgender students] can’t just identify [as transgender] and then compete against the women.’
Jenner said she blamed Washington’s “wake-up” policies for allowing the situation, which she says is unfair to other girls competing in the Emerald Sound Conference, in which Seattle Academy student-athletes compete.
Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner (pictured) called for a change to Washington state’s ‘wake-up’ rules that have allowed a transgender runner to rise to the top of the girls’ rankings after she transitioned.
In 2007, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) adopted the Olympic Committee’s position that transgender athletes may compete in their reassigned gender category, provided they have undergone surgery and a minimum of two years of treatment. hormonal.
Eleven years later, the WIAA relaxed its position, saying that a male student transitioning to a female “must have one calendar year of medically documented testosterone suppression therapy to be eligible to participate on a women’s team.”
The requirement for surgery was removed.
Then, in 2021, the association removed all requirements for medical evaluation and hormone therapy. Their position changed, allowing athletes to compete in categories “consistent with their gender identity,” according to the association. guide.
“Athletes will participate in programs consistent with their gender identity or the most consistently expressed gender,” the WIAA guidance says.
‘School personnel responsible for student eligibility will work collaboratively with the student-athlete to determine eligibility.’
This, Jenner told Fox News, means “you just identify as trans and you can compete on the women’s team.”
She said ‘[the WIAA] They made this rule because they thought it was more consistent with the Washington state non-discrimination laws they had lying around.
‘I’ve been from the beginning…out for it, like that fourth-place woman who’s trying to make it to the state championships. But there’s a trans athlete in the top three that doesn’t allow her to do that, fulfill her dreams, maybe get a scholarship in the future. We have to keep it fair,” Jenner said.
The Olympic champion, who is herself transgender, called on the WIAA to change the rules, citing swimming as an example of a sport that has changed its stance on the issue.
According to the ‘Libs of TikTok’ blog that highlighted the Seattle Academy sophomore’s story, parents of other students competing in the Emerald Sound Conference are angry that the athlete has been allowed to compete in the category.
A parent told the blog that the student is “bigger than any of the girls.” He said his daughter was competing for a scholarship, but he felt she couldn’t speak “without being labeled a hateful bigot.”
The blog also quoted a trainer, who said ‘allowing [the athlete] competing against biological girls deprives other girls’ teams of the opportunity to compete in state. Yes [the sophomore] competed in the boys division, [they] would be located in the 56th position.
Jenner has spoken out on the issue of transgender women who have not biologically transitioned to compete in women’s swimming, most notably with the case of Lia Thomas, a trans woman who wants to compete in women’s swimming at the 2024 Olympics. .
Thomas sparked an outcry over injustice after he broke several college swimming records, sparking a crackdown on transgender women competing in the sport.
Jenner has spoken out on the issue of transgender women who have not biologically transitioned to compete in women’s sports, most notably Lia Thomas (pictured), a trans woman who wants to compete in women’s swimming at the Olympic Games 2024.
Earlier this year, swimming’s world governing body, FINA, banned trans athletes from competing in elite women’s races if they had gone through any part of the male puberty process.
Athletes compete in elite female races if they have gone through any part of the male puberty process.
He added that his goal would be to establish an “open” category, so that swimmers whose gender identity is different from their birth sex can compete.
Jenner believes FINA came to the conclusion that it’s not just about current hormone levels, and shared her experience of how going through male puberty had given her advantages.
Jenner believes that despite identifying as female, it matters whether a trans woman has gone through male puberty or is still biologically masculine, both in competitive sports and how it might make women feel.
Critics of male-to-female transgender athletes say they have an unfair advantage over women after they go through male puberty, even if they undergo subsequent hormone treatment during their transition.
They also warn of potential safety issues that arise from having someone with male private parts in a female locker room.
Transgender rights advocates say trans students are vulnerable and should be allowed to fully participate in school or college life as the gender with which they identify.
Jenner has been criticized by some trans activists for her stance on the matter, but said she didn’t mind being labeled transphobic.
WIAA’s ‘Gender Identity Engagement Philosophy’
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has been brought into the spotlight by Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner, who has criticized the association’s policy on transgender athletes competing in sports activities.
After aligning its policy with that of the Olympic Committee in 2007, the WIAA has since relaxed its policy twice.
Most recently, in 2021, the association removed all requirements for medical evaluation and hormone therapy, and allowed athletes to compete in categories “consistent with their gender identity.”
the Asociation guide He says:
All students must have the opportunity to participate in WIAA sports and/or activities in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity.
Athletes will participate in programs consistent with their gender identity or the most consistently expressed gender. School personnel responsible for student eligibility will work collaboratively with the student-athlete to determine eligibility.
If any question arises as to whether a student’s request to participate in a sex-segregated activity consistent with his or her gender identity is bona fide, a student may seek a review of his or her eligibility to participate by following the procedure set forth below.
‘Once a student has been granted eligibility to participate in athletics based on their gender identity, eligibility is granted for the duration of the student’s participation and does not need to be renewed each athletic season or school year.
All discussion and documentation will remain confidential, and proceedings will be closed unless the student and family make a specific request.
The guide then describes the process to follow if a student’s participation in an activity under WIAA is in question. In the event a challenge is made, notice is sent to both the student and her family, and to WIAA.
The guidance says there are two levels of appeal to a Gender Identity Eligibility Committee, made up of at least three of the following:
- A. Physician with expertise in gender identity healthcare and World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care.
- B. Licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, or mental health professional familiar with the World Association of Professionals in Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care.
- C. School administrator of an unattractive school
- D. WIAA Staff Member
- E. Advocate familiar with Gender Identity and Expression issues
Eligibility documentation must also be provided.