The Boston Marathon- where officials once tried to drag Kathrine Switzer off the field by brute force– has announced that any man can now compete as a female without restriction. There is no requirement for any social or medical “gender” change, simply a declaration that one “feels like” a woman, at least on the day of the race.
ABC News reports at least five men who identify as transgender have qualified and are set to race:
“In 1967, a Boston Marathon official nearly dragged a woman off the course after she managed to enter the men’s-only race. Five decades later, race officials aren’t as concerned about gender boundaries: They’re now publicly acknowledging that transgender runners can compete using the gender they identify with.
“We take people at their word. We register people as they specify themselves to be,” said Tom Grilk, chief of the Boston Athletic Association, the group behind the race. “Members of the LGBT community have had a lot to deal with over the years, and we’d rather not add to that burden.”
At least five openly transgender women are signed up to run the storied 26.2-mile race through Boston and its suburbs April 16.”
Some of the men have had hormones and surgery and some have not, ABC News reports:
“Stevie Romer, a transgender woman from Woodstock, Illinois, says she registered for Boston as a woman because that’s what she is. Although she hasn’t done anything to lower her testosterone levels, Romer legally changed her gender, grew her hair out and started living openly as a woman more than a year ago.
“To be able to experience it as me was really, really important,” she said. “I’ve been a runner since as long as I can remember. I love running, but I just happen to be transgender.”
Marathon Investigation’s report – which opines that males racing as women isn’t fair, but should be allowed because male feelings are more important than women’s opportunities in sport- contains a long long PDF authored by Stevie Romer, age 53, which contains his life story, which is a very boring typical autogynephile trajectory. Feel free to check it out.
Amelia Gapin, 35, of July 2016 Women’s Running cover fame, will be running as female.
Gapin claimed in the February 2017 issue of the magazine that he underwent penile inversion surgery largely on the basis that the Boston Marathon required it (at the time) for him to compete in the female category. Whoops!
“She has been on hormones for three years, and says she had been back and forth about surgery for a while. She hesitated for many reasons, not the least of which was the apprehension and fear she had of the long and intense post-operation recovery period. She finally decided to undergo the procedure, because “my big goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, and I can’t qualify for it as a woman without having surgery,” she says. “I knew the recovery process would be tough, and knowing that I wouldn’t be able to run for some months was holding me back—but it was also starting to increasingly feel as though not having surgery was holding me back from running, so I finally decided to do it.”
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Running Magazine reports that male Ultrarunner Grace Fisher, 37, is expected to run as female:
Folio Weekly reports that Florida runner Erin Taylor, former Marine Corps Ironman, is very confident he will be racing in the female category next week.
NPR reports that Race officials are likely to wave the usual ID checks required of participants in the case of males who would like to run in the female category:
“In the case of Boston, registrants are required to show a government-issued ID to get a bib number. The BAA says, “We do compare the ID with the person’s qualification-associated gender description.”
The organization has not said specifically how it would handle cases when a registrant’s ID differs from the gender they qualified under, but it tells NPR:
“Should such a situation arise, we would make every effort to address it in a manner intended to be fair to all concerned, with a strong emphasis on inclusion.”
“Fair to all concerned”? Since this policy will only benefit male competitors (females racing as male would confer no advantage) we will have to assume the only women’s sports participants the Boston Athletic Association is “concerned” about …are male.