Transgender Student Athlete Takes the Field in California

MTF transgirl plays on her school's softball team

With the passage of Assembly Bill 1266 in California, transgender athletes like Pat Cordova-Goff are now able to play on the sports teams of their assigned genders.

Opponents of A.B. 1266 like to say the “rights of the few shouldn’t infringe on the rights of the many” and that locker room privacy and bathroom safety issues exist. But they also claim that transgender students have an unfair physical advantage in sports.

Judy Chiasson, the coordinator in Cordova-Goff’s school district’s Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity correctly points out that there is more of a difference in the range of talent among girls and boys separately than there is between the two genders.

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