Olympic gold-medallist Caitlyn Jenner called the change in Washington State’s rules “woke” that allowed a transgender runner to climb the ranks of girls after transitioning.
The athlete, who was born male and after transitioning to women, finished in 72nd place in the last league of the year competing with a boy.
Now, as a sophomore competing at Seattle Academy as a girl, she joins her school’s 5,000-meter girls cross country race and ranks first in the league — and clocked a time that would have placed her 48th if she had competed in the boys’ division.
“We’re going to have a good time,” Jenner — a contributor to Fox News — told the network.
‘This issue is not going away, but I really feel for the state of Washington to get a little tougher. [Transgender students] not only identify [as transgender] and then they compete against women.
Jenny said she “woke up” criticizing the plans for the situation, which she says is unfair to other girls competing in the Emerald Sound Conference, in which Seattle Academy student-athletes compete.
Caitlyn Jenner called the change in Washington State’s rule “woke” that allowed a transgender runner to climb to the top of the girls’ rankings after transitioning. The athlete (as one of the athletes shown on the podium), born male and after transitioning to women, finished in 72nd place in the last league of the year competing with a boy.
In 2007, the Washington Interscholastic Association (WIAA) accepted the position of the Olympic Committee that transgender athletes can compete in the gender reassignment category – provided they undergo surgery and a minimum of two years of hormone treatments.
Eleven years later, the WIAA relaxed its position, stating that a male student transitioning to female “must have one calendar year of medical testosterone suppression to be eligible to participate on the women’s team.”
The need for surgery was relieved.
Then, in 2021, the association removed all requirements for a medical evaluation and hormone therapy. Its position has changed, allowing athletes to compete in categories ‘consistent with their gender identity’, according to the governing body.
“Athletes will participate in programs with their most consistently expressed gender or gender identity,” 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 that ‘you can only identify yourself and compete in the women’s team.’
she said[the WIAA] They made this rule because they thought it was more consistent with the public nondiscrimination laws they had there.
‘I was from the beginning … for it, as a woman trying to make a fourth place in the state championship. But there is an athlete at the top across the three who does not allow to do it, to fulfill dreams, maybe learning down the line. It’s fair to keep,’ Jenne said.
Jenny said she was “awakened” to accuse the site of creating plans that she says are unfair to other girls competing in the Emerald Conference, in which Seattle Academy student-athletes compete.
The Olympic champion, who is herself transgender, called on the WIAA to change the rules, citing the example of a swimmer who changed her status in an event.
According to the blog ‘Libs TikTok’ which highlighted the story of the sophomore at Seattle Academy, the parents of other students competing in the Emerald Conference were angry that the athlete was allowed to compete in the category.
One parent told the blog that the student was ‘bigger than all the girls’. She said her daughter was struggling with her studies, but she felt she couldn’t speak up without being called a bigot.
Diaries also quoted the coach, who said ‘allowing’ [the athlete] competing against biological girls deprives other girls’ teams of the opportunity to compete at state. Yes [the sophomore] competed in the boys’ division; [they] trihuit 56th’
Jenner has been vocal on the issue of transgender women who have not biologically transitioned competing in women’s swimming, most notably with the case of Leah Thomas, a trans woman who wants to compete in women’s swimming at the 2024 Olympics.
Thomas sparked an outcry over injustice after she broke several college swimming records, sparking an outcry over transgender women competing in the sport.
In 2021, the WIAA will eliminate all medical evaluation and hormone therapy. Its position has changed, allowing athletes to compete in categories “consistent with their gender identity,” according to the association’s guidelines.
Jenner has been vocal on the issue of transgender women who have not biologically passed competing in women’s sports, most notably with the case of Leah Thomas (pictured), a trans woman who wants to compete in women’s swimming at the 2024 Olympics
Earlier this year, swimming’s world governing body, FINA, banned transgender athletes from participating in elite women’s races if they went through any part of the male puberty process.
Athletes compete in elite women’s races if they have gone through any part of the male puberty process.
He added that the purpose of this was to establish an “open” category, so that swimmers whose gender identity differs from the sex they were born with could compete.
Jenner believes that FINA has come to the conclusion that it’s not just about the current hormone, and she shared her experience on how to go through male puberty comfortably.
Jenner believes that despite identifying as a woman, it matters if a woman has gone through puberty overseas or is still biologically male, both in competitive sports and how she can perceive women.
Critics of male athletes who transition to female say they have an unfair advantage over women going male after puberty, even if they undergo subsequent hormone treatment during their transition.
They also warn of the potential security risks that arise from having someone with their male private parts in a female changing room.
Transgender rights advocates say students who are trans are vulnerable and should be allowed to fully participate in school or college life as the gender they identify with.
Jenner has been criticized by some activists for her trans status, but said she doesn’t care about being labeled transphobic.
WIAA’s philosophy of gender identity participation
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has been put in the spotlight by Olympic gold-medalist Caitlyn Jenner, who called out the association’s policy on transgender athletes competing in sports.
After bringing its policy into line with the Olympic Committee in 2007, the WIAA has twice withdrawn its plan.
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.
In the direction of the association it says:
All students should have the opportunity to participate in WIAA athletics and/or activities in a manner consistent with their gender identity.
Athletes will participate in the program regardless of their gender identity or the most consistently expressed gender. The school personnel responsible for the student’s 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 segregated sexual activity is consistent with their gender identity in good faith, the student should seek review of their eligibility for participation by working through the process set forth below.
Once a student is granted eligibility to participate in laughter consistent with his/her gender identity, eligibility is granted for the duration of the student’s participation and does not need to be renewed each sports season or school year.
All discussion and documentation will be kept confidential, and the process will be sealed unless the student and family make a specific request.
The guide then outlines the process to follow if a student’s participation in an activity should be challenged under the WIAA. In the event that a challenge is made, a notice is sent to both the student and the family and the WIAA.
The guide says then there are two levels of appeal before the Gender Identity Eligibility Committee, which consists of at least the following three;
- A. Physician through experience in gender identity health care and Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care.
- B. Psychiatrist, psychologist or licensed mental health professional recognized with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care.
- C. A school administrator from a non-appeal school
- Mr. WIAA staff member
- E. A lawyer familiar with Gender Identity and expression issues
Eligibility documents should also be provided.