Before you even ask, no… I’m not happy about using “cisgender” in a title here without it being a sarcastic reference. But the entire transgender sports debate has already muddied the waters of our language so much that it’s tough to avoid sometimes. So here we are.
Getting down to business, a story out of a high school in Westchester County, located just north of New York City, puts a new wrinkle in the debate over preserving competitive girls’ and women’s sports. This time it doesn’t have anything to do with transgender athletes. An actual boy has been competing on the girl’s gymnastics team there for six seasons. That came to an end when the governing body for the league ruled that he could no longer compete as a scoring member of the team because of his inherent physical advantages over his female competitors. So, of course, his family took them to court. (CBS New York)
A Westchester County high school student is fighting back against what he calls gender discrimination.
Cruz Vernon, 17, has one simple wish before he graduates from Ossining High School next year: To compete in gymnastics at the state level…
In seventh grade, he joined his school’s all-girl team. In ninth grade, he even placed in states. But since then, Section 1 – which governs high school sports across several nearby counties including Westchester – banned Vernon from being a scoring member of the team.