March 04, 2019
Selina Soule spoke out against transgender runners racing on the female team after she lost a race. It has now become the subject of a highly controversial debate.
Soule, who is a high school student, appeared on a 'Fox News' interview with host, Laura Ingraham. She held nothing back as she spoke about losing the just concluded championship race to transgender competitors.
Selina Soule, High School Track Athlete | Photo: YouTube/ABCNews
She quickly objected to allowing biological males to race with biological females.
“It’s scientifically proven that males are built to be physically stronger than females. It's unfair to put someone who is biologically a male, who has not undergone anything in terms of hormone therapy, against cis-gender girls.”
Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller on a track field | Photo: YouTube/ABCNews
Soule finished the race in eighth place losing the competition to two transgender runners who finished in the top two spots and with a somewhat noticeable margin between them.
By failing, Selina missed the chance to compete in front of college coaches, an opportunity that would bode well for her future in the sports industry.
It is perhaps, one of the most important things that have motivated her to voice out on such a sensitive subject. While maintaining that she was happy for their victory, she reiterated her views about the unfairness.
The host commended Soule’s polished words but alluded to her words being somewhat wrong. Ingraham then listed the apparent differences between the male and female sexes.
Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller running in a track field | Photo: YouTube/ABCNews
In rebuttal, the Connecticut student explained that it was discouraging for her and her fellow teammates to work so hard and still end up failing.
The meaning behind her words is apparent, and it seems even Andraya Yearwood gets it. Yearwood is one of the transgender runners, and she emerged in second place.
Transgender runners competing at a sports event | Photo: YouTube/ABCNews
When asked about the ongoing controversy surrounding her competing with biological females, she just explained that she has learned to use the criticism as a source of strength to push herself forward.
Terry Miller, who won the race, refused to do interviews but did say that she’d strive to be better if she were in Soule shoes. Yearwood also says something like that as she argued that cisgender competitors do enjoy different benefits too.
She talked about how the different circumstances and opportunities surrounding each person culminates in different results.