Minnesota passed a new policy that will allow transgender high school students to play on the sports team of the sex in which they identify.
According to the policy, "When there is confirmation of a student's consistent and uniform gender-related identity…the student will be eligible to participate in MSHSL activities consistent with the student's gender identification for the balance of the student’s high school eligibility.”
The new set of rules has prompted concerns and criticism about safety and privacy from parents and officials.
State law already allows girl to play on boys’ teams, but some are concerned that larger biological males who identify as females could potentially harm smaller girls.
Michele Lentz, the state coordinator of the Minnesota Child Protection League said, "A biological male has a larger skeletal structure, more muscle. Generally speaking this is true. To put them in a position where they are competing against girls, puts those girls in a situation where they could get hurt."
Critics also have a problem with the part of the policy that says transgender students would share showers and hotel rooms with the sex in which they identify.
The policy will be enacted for the 2015-2016 season. Fox News reports Minnesota is the 33rd state to implement a policy regarding transgender athletes.
Publication date: December 5, 2014