Yesterday, we reported on a story that came out of Haines High School in Alaska where a senior transgender athlete – born as a male but who “identifies” as a female – was allowed to compete in the girls’ state track championship. Not surprisingly, the male senior beat a number of his female competitors.
The 18-year-old male transgender athlete in question identifies as a female and also identifies as Nattaphon “Ice” Wangyot and “Katherine Ice” on Facebook. While Wangyot was hailed by the LGBT community as a transgender hero and paragon of equal rights and tolerance, his participation in a competition meant only for girls drew the ire of parents of real girls – or cisgender females as they’re called.
One such irate parent was one who went by Jennifer VanPelt. She was the mother of a girl who placed immediately behind Wangyot. The top four got to stand on the awards podium, but VanPelt’s daughter got bumped because of Wangyot. VanPelt said in the comment section of a news article, “…It was my daughter who finished 5th that missed out.”
Katherine Ice – Wangyot’s Facebook name – replied to VanPelt in the same thread, saying, “If your kids have attitude and practice enough it gonna be more fun,” insinuating perhaps that the reason VanPelt’s daughter didn’t place higher was that she didn’t practice hard enough.
Here’s what VanPelt said in response to Wangyot:
“If you were directing your comments towards me and my daughter, I think you need to reevaluate what you said, Ice. She is a phenomenal runner for a female. She happens to be the fastest female in the MatSu Valley. And she’s a freshman. Obviously, she is at a disadvantage to you, because she was not born with the physical attributes you were as a male. It’s 100% science. Men are physically different than females. Your times would not [have] allowed you to compete with the boys at state. So don’t start casting stones telling me my daughter isn’t good enough. Because she is.”
In an interview with Rare News, VanPelt said that they didn’t even know that their daughter had lost to a male until after the race was over. “She was upset. How do you explain to her that not only does she need to train to beat her fellow female athletes, now she should also train to beat the males?” she asked.
She said that parents and athletes should be worried about transgender athletes being allowed to compete in gender-specific sports. “Males are physically different than females. That’s a scientific fact. Hormones and body modification cannot change that. Today it’s one transgender athlete. Tomorrow it could be half the field,” she explained.