Trans Beyond the Track: Andraya Yearwood
Andraya Yearwood is an award-winning track athlete. She’s also been challenged off the track, because she is a member of the transgender community. Some people don’t think it’s fair that she compete among cis-female runners. That her gender identity in this context presents an advantage that keeps other athletes from scholarships.
Connecticut is one of 17 states that allow transgender high school athletes to compete based on their gender identity, and Yearwood has both thrived and paid a price for committing to the track. It’s a lot for a young person to deal with, and at the same time, there’s so much more to her than what goes on around her running shoes.
Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, another Connecticut track star who is trans, were co-recipients of the 2019 Bob Casey Courage Award by the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance, and given the 2019 action award honorees at Athlete Ally’s annual awards night.
They were also a part of the award-winning documentary, Changing The Game, which won the 2019 Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at OutFest in Los Angeles.
Go ahead, Andraya and Terry!
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