Letter: Sad to see Romney objecting to transgender youth participating in sports – Salt Lake Tribune

Posted: February 14, 2021 at 6:47 pm

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, returns to the chamber from a short break as House impeachment managers present their second day of arguments in the Senate trial of former President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Christine B. Helfrich | The Public Forum

| Feb. 13, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

I am sad to see Sen. Mitt Romney joining Sen. Rand Paul in objecting to transgender youth participating in school sports. Romney said, They shouldnt be competing with people who are physiologically in an entirely different category, and I think boys should be competing with boys and girls should be competing with (girls) on the athletic field.

My niece is 62 and athletically gifted. I am 55 and am blessed with double vision. We are physiologically in an entirely different category. My nieces large public school volleyball team took a state championship. My tiny private schools team did not.

Should students be subjected to humiliating physical exams to determine their fitness to participate in team sports?

Sixteen states already allow student trans athletes to compete according to their gender identification in current school records and daily-life activities. The world has not come to an end.

Just because a physician or midwife pronounces a gender at birth, based on a view of external genitalia, doesnt mean that the baby will neatly conform to that designation.

There are many variations in sexual characteristics that include internal genitals, external genitals, gonads, chromosomes, gene expression, hormone levels, and brain structure.

In fact 1.7% of the population meets the definition of intersex, which is about as common as having red hair.

Sen. Romney please get your medical information from someone who doesnt present himself as a board certified ophthalmologist despite his self-created board being out of business since 2011.

Christine B. Helfrich, Millcreek

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