MP attacks 8 year old trans girl for competing in cross country race

Naith Payton June 8, 2015
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Western Australia MP Peter Abetz said a trans girl should not have been allowed to compete in a girl’s cross country event.

The 8 year old transgender girl ran in competition at her primary school in Perth, alongside other girls her age. She placed fifth, and qualified for the local inter-schools event.

Christian pastor and Liberal Party politician Peter Abetz said it was unfair for a trans girl to compete in a girls event.

Mr Abetz told Perth Now: “I think what the school could have done is gone to the parents and say, ‘We appreciate that you have the view that your son identifies as a girl, but from a practical perspective this is going to create a lot of difficulties at the school and if he doesn’t want to run the cross country as a boy he can stay on the sidelines’.”

He asked “Is it fair that a child who is clearly biologically a boy and is by nature more muscular than girls runs in the race?

“What would have happened if he came first in the race? What would that have created? If I was a girl I would have said that was unfair.

“The thing is, the child is biologically a boy. That’s what he is. It’s a scientific fact.”


Before puberty, boys and girls have been shown to be roughly equal in strength and sporting ability.

A parent of another child at the school said they were concerned about the impact on their child. They said: “Firstly, I am concerned for the child involved. I think this is a dangerous path to go down given this is a young age to affirm your sexuality.

“And there are wider implications. I know my child, who goes to that school, feels awkward about it.

“If the child wants to identify fully as a girl you are looking at them using girls’ change rooms and toilets – and there are issues with that.”

The school’s principal said they were committed to respecting the pupil’s gender in all respects.

In a letter to parents, they explained: “The student was enrolled in our school last year and may be familiar to your children as a boy, but will now be recognised as a girl,”

“In accordance with WA’s discrimination laws an individual cannot be discriminated against on the ground of transgender identity in sports, meaning that individuals can compete according to their identified gender.”



Related topics: Australia, trans child, trans kid, Transgender

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