Female students at a Connecticut high school are welcoming a boy who identifies as a woman onto their track team for the first time.
Andraya Yearwood, a freshman boy who identifies as a girl, recently joined Cromwell High School’s female track team, reports the Hartford Courant.
Yearwood’s teammates have no problem with a boy on their team. One teammate called Yearwood brave for his decision to identify as a girl. Yearwood’s coach said his presence on the team was just like having any other girl except this one runs very fast.
“She has just been a member of the team running hard day in and day out,” Coach Brian Calhoun said to the Hartford Courant. “It has been like every other athlete. We have a girl on the team who runs pretty quickly. And I think the girls are pretty happy to have a girl on the team that runs pretty quickly. … It is going to be a positive thing for the whole team.”
Yearwood’s school district gave him permission to participate on the girls’ team. He is considering sexual reassignment surgery to transition to female and plans to take puberty and hormone blockers.
Another transgender athlete in Texas faced criticism for competing on the girls’ wrestling team. Mack Beggs, a girl undergoing testosterone treatment to become a boy, competed against girls for an entire season and won the state championship wrestling title in the girls division in February.
Beggs was not able to compete against boys because of a University Interscholastic League (UIL) policy. The organization, which controls athletic programs in Texas, says that a person must compete according to their biological sex.