When Bulkeley’s Terry Miller and Cromwell’s Andraya Yearwood finished 1-2 in the girls’ 100-meter dash at the CIAC State Open championship earlier this month, a story that had been a statewide issue suddenly exploded into the national consciousness.
The two 16-year olds are transgender athletes who had just recently begun the physical transition from male to female.
Miller set two CIAC State Open girls track and field sprint records in the 100 and 200. Yearwood, who was the first to run as a transgender girl in 2017, finished close behind in the 100.
Their dominance in the girls races only exacerbated an already contentious issue and brought a horde of criticism far beyond Connecticut’s borders.
Thousands of commenters flooded GameTimeCT’s Twitter clips of the two sprints, especially the 100-meter dash and national news organizations have picked up the debate, following two columns written by GameTimeCT’s Jeff Jacobs during the girls’ run at the state championships that examined both sides of the issue.
On Friday, Good Morning America broadcast a 5-minute feature on the two transgender teens.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 22, 2018
Correspondent Lindsay Davis spoke with both Miller and Yearwood and with Yearwood’s parents, Rahsaan Yearwood and Ngozi Nnaji.
GMA also spoke with Bianca Stanescu, a track parent who has been petitioning the CIAC to change the rules she believes gives the transgender teens an unfair advantage. CIAC rules allow athletes to compete based on their gender identity.
You can watch the GMA feature, above and read more coverage from GameTimeCT, below.