Boston Marathon officials say they’ll allow transgender women to race as women in the annual 26.2-mile race, one of the nation’s premier running events.
According to The Boston Herald, at least five openly transgender women have signed up for the race on Monday, April 16. While they are not the first transgender women to do so, they have sparked a controversy among some experts as to whether their biological makeup gives them an unfair competitive advantage.
Bob Girandola, an associate professor in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Southern California, says transgender women may have an “unfair advantage” due to higher testosterone levels.
“If they still have male gonads, they will have an advantage over other women — there is no way around that,” he says.