The Trans Debate in Sports

Imagine former Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James playing in women’s basketball for the Stony Brook Seawolves or Maine Black Bears…Except his name is LeBronita and this human has really long hair and wears makeup.

Now, let me preface this article by saying…

I have nothing against transgender people, the transgender community and how they feel about their bodies. 

This piece is sparked by Caitlyn Jenner, born William Bruce Jenner and as a male. This transgender woman now opposes her community playing in sports with people born to that gender.

This via USA Today:

Jenner, a 1976 decathlon Olympic gold medalist who came out as a transgender woman in 2015, told a TMZ reporter on Saturday that it’s “a question of fairness.”

“That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school. It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools,” Jenner said Saturday during a brief interview in a Malibu parking lot.

And frankly, I get it.

When a person becomes trans, they can change his/her appearance. However, the body chemistry is the same. That is the issue, unfortunately. If LeBron decided he wanted to be a girl, he’d still be physically gifted with the body of a muscular male.

This is unfair to play against biologically born women. LeBron turned LeBronita would absolutely dominate the WNBA and score some 100 points each game…

Of course, we want everyone to be happy, feel comfortable within his/her body and enjoy life to the fullest. Even so, realistic measures must be taken to make sure that the sports we all love and cherish remain fair. That is why I would understand if the various leagues create rules and restrictions against trans athletes crossing over and playing in what they’ve become in appearance instead of how they were born.

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