28 Jun '16, 1pm

Transgender Teen Runner Breaks New Ground in Alaska

Transgender Teen Runner Breaks New Ground in Alaska

The negative headlines. The press conferences. The constant blitz of attention. Gone. Nattaphon Wangyot, "Ice" to her friends, can now return to life as a normal teenage girl. Two weeks ago, Wangyot's mere participation in Alaska's state track meet drew controversy. Wangyot is an 18-year-old transgender female. Her presence in the girls 100m and 200m races brought protestors. The conservative group Alaska Family Action called a press conference to vocalize what they believe was an injustice--that someone born male should not compete against females. Wangyot, now a week out of graduation from Haines High School, said she is tired of dealing with those targeting her--and maybe a little frustrated and happy it's all over, too. "They were talking about my family, so I didn't like it," Wangyot told MileSplit. "But right now, I have a lot of people supporting me, so I'm gonna fo...

Full article: http://www.flotrack.org/article/43025-transgender-teen-ru...

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