ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Haines School District and a nonprofit Christian advocacy group are at odds over a transgender competitor at the state track meet in Anchorage.
Nattaphon Wangyot, 18, represented Haines High School in the women’s 3A 200 meter race in Anchorage on Saturday, causing some to question whether it’s fair to allow a student who was born male to compete against biological females, KTUU-TV reported (bit.ly/1UcY7J0 ). Wangyot, who was born male but identifies as female, placed 3rd in the competition.
Last month, the Alaska School Activities Association voted to accept schools’ individual policies when it comes to sports participation. ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland said that determination is not appealable and that his association will not make the gender-identity determination itself.