Lee Evans raised his fist
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at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
With him were his teammates Larry James (left),
who won the silver,
and Ronald Freeman,
who won the bronze.
Photograph: Associated Press
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One of several Black athletes
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he won two gold medals,
then raised his fist at the presentation ceremony.
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Can a Trans Runner Like Me Compete Fairly? NYT August 12, 2021
Can a Trans Runner Like Me Compete Fairly? | NYT Opinion Video NYT August 12, 2021
In the highly politicized debate
over whether transgender women should be allowed to play women’s sports,
opinions tend to divide into two starkly opposing camps.
There are those people — including lawmakers in dozens of states —
who argue that the integrity of girls’ and women’s sports needs to be safeguarded
against people assigned male at birth and the physical advantages they may possess.
The other side argues that by the very fact of their gender transition,
trans girls and women have earned the right to compete as their chosen gender.
But Andie Taylor,
a 48-year-old trans woman and competitive runner
who has much to gain or lose in this debate,
finds herself staking out a more nuanced position,
somewhere in the apolitical middle ground.
In the Opinion video above,
Ms. Taylor describes
how she is eager to compete among women and yearns for inclusion —
but only if the scientific research unequivocally shows
that her years living as a male did not give her an advantage.
There is little research
regarding the performance of transgender athletes,
in part because their numbers are so small.
Some evidence suggests
that trans women retain some athletic advantages
after a year of undergoing testosterone suppression.
Researchers have also found that those advantages,
with time, largely fall away.
As research advances,
Ms. Taylor is imploring all sides in the debate
to refrain from using the issue for political gain.
“I want to win,” she says,
“but I only want to win if I know it’s fair.”
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