Students and parents are protesting a need for rule change after a Nigerian transgender won in a girls state championship, it seems more complicated since she competed as a boy months earlier.
A Connecticut high school sophomore dominated in last week’s track and field competition – but the transgender teen’s big win has some people outraged and wondering if it’s fair she was allowed to compete.
Nigerian Andraya Yearwood dominated at the competition, finishing in second place in the 100-meter dash, as another transgender came first. Last year, Yearwood came in first in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
She competed in the races last year before undergoing hormone treatments.
It’s not clear if she underwent treatments before competing in this year’s competition.
Some of the girls’ competitors were angry they were allowed to compete on the women’s team. Many have now signed a petition calling for for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference to change its rule.
Andraya was born at 24 weeks to a Nigerian mom identified as Ngozi Nnaji. In February, Andraya and her mom made the trip to a government office to submit paperwork for Andraya to legally change her name.
She is the only one of Ngozi’s children not to have a Nigerian first name, but she kept her birth name as a middle name. The journey has been difficult, but Ngozi loveS her daughter.