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Transgender controversy played out at Dublin High track meet

Uploaded: Jun 1, 2023
The national and international controversy about transgender athletes competing in women’s events reached into the Livermore Valley two weeks ago.

The North Coast Section, the high school governing athletic body, held its track and field Meet of Champions at Dublin High. The meet determines the top three athletes who qualify for the state championships that were held last weekend in Clovis (near Fresno). In the women’s 1600, a trans-athlete (born as boys) finished in the top three. During the meet, a small group of people protested the trans-athletes competing in the girls event—meet officials removed them. Both big newspapers in the Bay Area covered the controversy.

When it came time for the state event last Friday, neither the Sonoma County athlete or another trans-athlete reported to compete in the qualifying for Saturday’s final. The California Interscholastic Federation issued the following statement, “The CIF is disappointed for two of our student-athletes and their families because due to the actions of others, they found it necessary to withdraw from the state track and field championships out of concern for the student’s wellbeing. The CIF strongly denounces discriminatory or harassing behaviors that impact our student-athletes opportunities to participate in interscholastic competitions.”

Last year when a former male varsity swimmer dominated the Ivy League women’s distance races, the NCAA issued a similar statement of support.

That took place on the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX that formally established equal opportunity for female athletes in educational institutions that take federal funds. That opened up plenty of new opportunities for girls and women and the growth of their sports has been substantial.

What’s curious to me is how the leaders of educational institutions have embraced the “rights” of transgender males to compete regardless of the competitive disadvantage it has placed on women and girls. That’s been too obvious in the last few years.

A news report this week, based upon the 2020 census, reported that same-sex marriages among Americans account for about 1% of the households. Traditional married couples and men and women living together made up about 53%. People living alone were about 28%, while the other 19% were living with relatives.

When the San Francisco Business Times did its annual pride issue a few years ago, it reported that less than 7% of the San Francisco population identified as gay or lesbian. Interestingly, when the Presbyterian Church USA extended benefits to same-sex partners more than a decade ago, the actuarial number crunchers reported no significant impact on the budget.

The point is that Hollywood would have you think that one of every four or five people is gay or lesbian when the real numbers are far, far lower. And, the numbers of transgenders is tiny percentage to the right of the decimal point. Not that you’d know that from the media coverage.

Our republic exists—we hope—as a nation of laws that apply to everyone. Protecting minorities is a time-honored principle.

So where do you put the rights of girls and women to compete fairly against each other and not against a transwoman who was born a male? There’s been an occasional burst of common sense—such as the international weight lifting organization. Here’s wishing that it would be extended to the CIF and the NCAA.
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Posted by Ken Galvin, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 9:00 am

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To prove your point, let's encourage some elite women athletes to participate in the NFL, MLB, or NHL. Chances are that the majority of them will not be successful thus proving that transgender males competing in women's sports are biological males and not real women by any means of the word or scientific description.

Being transgender is a subjective state of mind, in other words...a wishful thinking or pretend game involving one's gender identity.

Pretend VS reality are two different things. My daughter used to PRETEND that she was a pony when she was 4 but in reality she was just a small child with a fantasmic imagination. She is now 16 and if she still thought of herself as a pony or horse, psychological counseling would be in order.

Times have changed and as progressives advocate and strive for more 'unity' there will be more disunity as witnessed by the Bud Light debacle, Target's decision to display transgender swimsuits, and public outcry over the LA Dodger Gay Pride festivities featuring The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Acceptance of anyone (or anything) should be voluntary and it not forced upon anyone. This is what freedom stands for in America.

As for the transgender community...they deserve equality but not specialized entitlements and privileges.

Posted by Roy Moody, a resident of another community,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 9:19 am

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The problem that some have with male transgenders is that most transgenders opt to keep their 'male plumbing.'

What's with that? Even Caitlyn Jenner (a strong proponent against male transgenders in sports) recently told an audience that her 'you know what' was "just retired at the moment."

It should be noted that being transexual vs transgender are two different things. Former tennis professional Dr. Renee Richards was an actual transexual whereas the swimmer from Penn is merely masquerading as a woman to gain athletic recognition that he/she was incapable of achieving as a male athlete.

That said, with her expansive girth and foul attitude, my heavyset mother-in-law could probably play offensive tackle in the NFL and excel at it.

Posted by Jerry Lange, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 9:36 am

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The 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris will allow some transgender participation and include a new competition...Men's Synchronized Swimming (now called Artistic Swimming) an obscure recreational activity which apparently is very popular among gay male spectators.

I would imagine that both transgender identities could compete in this event sans any equality issues or conflicts.

Cycling has become another hot topic as a transgender male cyclist recently won a major bike race that was exclusively for women competitors.

For some reason, the French seem to be promoting transgender and LGBTQ+ inclusion regardless of the activity or gender specifics.

> "Pretend VS reality are two different things."
^ Concurring. I like to pretend that I am a billionaire but I am far from being one. Transgenders should consider taking a cue as well.

Posted by Giselle Harris, a resident of Diablo,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 9:50 am

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I'm not absolutely sold on the idea that male transgenderism is a pretend game.

Dr. Peri (who is on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' election committee) suspects that the recent increase in male transgenderism is primarily due to an influx of estrogen (from birth control pills) found in recycled drinking water.

If this is true, we need to improve our water recycling systems and advocate that our sons consume water from more reliable sources like Crystal Geyser.

Posted by Lesley Townsend, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 10:22 am

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While previous research indicates that approximately one percent of people who live in the United States identify as transgender, gender-fluid, or nonbinary, this number appears to be on the rise in younger generations. In a 2022 study by the Pew Research Center, roughly 1.6% of all Americans and 5% of young adults identified as transgender or nonbinary.
^ Why is this disturbing trend on the rise in America? Is it due to progressive ideologies or possibly the drinking water?

1.6% of the U.S. population (approximately 365 million) comes to roughly 3.6+ million trangender individuals...mostly male transgenders.
It's no wonder some companies want to tap into that lucrative market.

Top 12 Countries With the Highest Rate of Transgender Individuals*:
Germany �" 3%
Sweden �" 3%
India �" 2%
Hungary �" 2%
Argentina �" 2%
Brazil �" 2%
Russia �" 2%
Canada �" 2%
Australia �" 2%
Spain �" 2%
England (United Kingdom) �" 2%
Chile �" 2%

Societal acceptance of transgenders is harsher in the Islamic world. The 13 countries who specifically criminalize transgender people, mostly using “cross-dressing" laws, are Brunei, the Gambia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malawi, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, South Sudan, Tonga, and the United Arab Emirates. Uganda (which is not a full-fledged Islamic country) recently passed a law making all LGBTQ+ activities punishable by a warning citation and then imprisonment for subsequent violations.

Chances are that these 13 countries and Uganda will not be fielding a men's synchronized swim team for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Posted by Roger Wheatley, a resident of another community,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 11:01 am

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@Giselle Harris & Lesley Townsend

India is now the world"s most populous country at 4.16 billion. According to the percentages, 2% of 4 billion inhabitants comes to about 8 million trans members of their respective population.

This would repudiate Dr. Peri's assumption that residual estrogen from birth control pills has entered the drinking water sources (at least in India).

Back to sports...women's competitions in figure & speed skating, track & field, cycling, golf, tennis, and gymnastics will all be compromised if transgender males are allowed to compete alongside biological females.

It might be better to have separate competitions for transgender males similar to the Special Olympics for handicapped individuals.

Posted by Barbara Johnson, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 12:38 pm

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It is interesting to note that this transgender sports controversy is primarily focused on male transgender athletes competing in women's events.

Transgender (women to male gender identities) are not posing a problem because few women can match the comparable musculature, speed, and physical strength of male athletes.

For Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, this gender conflict was never an issue. Why now?

Is it because the younger generation (Millennials and Gen Zers) have lost their marbles when it comes to accepting the basic realities of biology?

Some transgenders profess that humans are not limited to XX chromasomes (women) and XY (males). Instead they contend that human chromosomes are a spectrum and that gender identity is nebulous at best.

Theories abound from blaming progressive policies, tainted drinking water, social contagion and other theories.

What has me baffled is why most transgender males still prefer the company of women. Like why would a heterosexual male opt to become a lesbian?

Posted by Harold Prefontaine, a resident of another community,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 1:10 pm

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The progressive left is responsible for advocating and promoting all of these societal miscontruances and questionable entitlements in the name of inclusion.

Anyone can pretend to be something they are not and to support this charade is doing a disservice to those playing by the rules especially when it comes to athletic competition.

As a parent, I would be personally ashamed and embarrassed if a son of mine competed as a woman just to get wrongly deserved recognition for sports excellence.

A decade ago it was giving out participation trophies regardless of the final score. Today it is giving out awards for men competing as women.

Is this where we are headed?

Posted by Bill Frost, a resident of Blackhawk,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 2:10 pm

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Why can't transgender male athletes simply compete as males and then resort back to their preferred persona and outward appearances after the meet is over?

Transgender male access to women's gyms is another bone of contention and can easily be construed as an invasion of privacy. Imagine being a woman and having to dress/undress and take a shower alongside biological male athletes (with their plumbing still intact).

It is time for the governing sports authorities to ban ALL transgender male participation in sports competitions specifically designated for women athletes.

Transgender male athletes have no place or justification competing among women athletes, pure and simple.

Posted by Jennifer Davis , a resident of Danville,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 2:27 pm

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Men competing as women are merely male athletes who cannot measure up to their fellow male competitors.

It has nothing to do with any personal gender-identity issues. They are simply exploiting an existing loophole with the blessings of progressives and the LGBTQ community.

Posted by Dirk Peters, a resident of another community,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 3:07 pm

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> "It is time for the governing sports authorities to ban ALL transgender male participation in sports competitions specifically designated for women athletes."

^ A simpler solution would be for biological (aka real) female athletes to boycott all events and competitions that any transgender male is participating in.

This will send a clearcut message to the 'governing sports authorities' who in turn will ban transgender male athletes from competing in women's events because of the potential losses in revenue, adverse PR, and further controversies.

Posted by Harrison Tamaki, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 3:22 pm

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Transgender male athletes have a right to exist and to compete in athletic events but their participation should be limited to exclusive all-trans competitions.

As a parent, I would not take any pleasure in watching a trans male athlete beating my daughter in a track event that she had diligently trained for.

The only other alternative would be to handicap transgender male athletes by giving female athletes a head start or adding fractional seconds to a transgender male's finishing time.

Posted by Jennifer, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 4:11 pm

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I'm so sick of this male transgender competing against female athletes BS. Let them compete against other men and if they can't cut it, don't compete at all.

Posted by Bryan, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Jun 1, 2023 at 6:47 pm

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How do you start an article about two trans-athletes who withdrew from the State Track and Field Championships over concerns about their safety from harassment and bigotry and end the same article with a tacit endorsement of this behavior. Absolutely absurd.

Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jun 2, 2023 at 5:51 am

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When a male declares to be transgender it is because he is a complete and total failure as a male.

Male/transgender competes against girls in their sporting events so as to bully them. Transgender competing against girls is clear cut bullying.

Posted by Ken Lehman, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Jun 2, 2023 at 7:48 am

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In addition to sports competitions, transgender males are also allowed to compete in various women's beauty contests.

Miss Nevada USA 2021 is transgender and very attractive.

Unlike sports, nonbinary beauty contestants do not have a competitive edge over their female counterparts and do not pose a threat.

This is where we are headed as 'inclusion' is the new buzzword.

Posted by Jake Waters, a resident of Birdland,
on Jun 2, 2023 at 8:11 am

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The DSM-5 changed the label of “gender identity disorder" with “gender dysphoria." This is important because ‘State Run Media' has worked long and hard to reshape language and manipulate the minds of the young. ‘Trans-male, Trans-female, or Trans-gender' has become the talking point repeated over and over again. Much like ‘vaccine' had been inappropriately used instead of the medical term ‘experimental gene therapy. The term ‘Trans-gender' when you think about it brings thoughts of being in ‘transition' without any completion or end point. Social Media reinforces this point hour by hour to confuse young minds and lead them on a disastrous track of decision making. A very good book to read is ‘Maddening Of the Crowds' by Douglas Murray. He makes some very smart and thought provoking points about this issue.

Lastly, it appears that women are continually under attack going forward with this phenomenon. Women's groups and organizations, to include Feminists, were suppose to protect them. Where are they? High School and college age women are losing scholarships, opportunities to be drafted into professional sports, and their own dignity and self worth. Shame on those who turned their backs on these women and let it happen.

Posted by Seth Griffin, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Jun 2, 2023 at 8:12 am

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I don't have a problem with transgender males competing in women's beauty contests as long as they epitomize the essence of womanhood and loveliness.

In all fairness, nonbinary beauty contestants should not be pointed out as transgender. Just let them to them shine on their own and a panel of judges will decide the queen.

Posted by Neil Parker, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Jun 2, 2023 at 8:32 am

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Perhaps it is time to draw the line on transgender men competing as women due to fairness in athletic competition.

On the other hand, transgenders participating in women's beauty contests and children's reading programs pose no inherent threats to biological women.

Posted by Marcus Brightman, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Jun 2, 2023 at 9:22 am

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Robin Williams portrayed a transgender woman in 'Mrs. Doubtfire' and no one took issue with that. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis also played cross-dressers in 'Some Like It Hot'.

In Japan, traditional Kabuki theater is performed entirely with male actors who also assume the female roles.

The point here is while transgenders in sports remains a hot topic, there shouldn't be any outcry about transgender direction in other areas including TV/movies, children's reading programs, and advertising campaigns.

This is America where people should be free to be themselves.

Posted by Paul > Paulina R., a resident of another community,
on Jun 2, 2023 at 10:23 am

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As some others have noted, a key consideration is differentiating these sports participation-related controversies from well-intentioned educational endeavors.

Many conservatives think that Drag Queen Story Hour is about sexualizing children. It's not. It's about educating and enlightening them via the representation of under-represented people.

These storytelling sessions can be very fun, funny, and entertaining for young children who do not see the reader as some sort of freak but rather an amusing entertainer.

Posted by Jeanine Black, a resident of another community,
on Jun 2, 2023 at 10:41 am

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Our Alameda County Library in San Lorenzo used to have a children's reading hour but it was disrupted last summer by a group of protesters who were opposed to the reader being in drag.

The children seemed to enjoy this entertaining story telling session and most of them were accompanied by their parents who approved of the activity.

It is time that we begin accepting people for who they are rather than chastising them for being different.

America needs to heal its wounds of bigotry and hate by embracement of diversity.

Posted by Jeremy Klein, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Jun 2, 2023 at 12:30 pm

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What many conservatives don't realize is that if transgenders are prohibited from participating in women's sports, straight female competitors will be subjected to invasive testing to ensure that they are actually women.

This in turn will amount to additional violations of their personal privacy and medical records.

The overly zealous anti-trans faction is not looking at the big picture and how it will adversely impact their straight daughters who are athletic competitors.

Posted by Sam Cordoza, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Jun 2, 2023 at 12:54 pm

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If your child was a sucessful transgender athlete who competed against straight females from other schools and won, would you be feeling sympathetic for the losing teams?

Of course not because winning in sports fortifies a school's athletic prestige regardless of one's gender identity.

If anything, transgender male athletes should be encouraged to compete in girl's sports providing they are competent and carrying their share of the weight as part of the team.

Unlike their predecessors, most Millennials and Gen Zers as a whole support transgender sports participation.

Posted by Gary Rhodes, a resident of another community,
on Jun 2, 2023 at 1:59 pm

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According to Pew Research:

Roughly six-in-ten adults (58%) favor proposals that would require transgender athletes to compete on teams that match the sex they were assigned at birth (17% oppose this, 24% neither favor nor oppose).

And 46% favor making it illegal for health care professionals to provide someone younger than 18 with medical care for a gender transition (31% oppose).

The public is more evenly split when it comes to making it illegal for public school districts to teach about gender identity in elementary schools (41% favor and 38% oppose) and investigating parents for child abuse if they help someone younger than 18 get medical care for a gender transition (37% favor and 36% oppose).

Across the board, views on these policies are deeply divided by party.

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