Athlete deserved to tell her story on her own terms

I am writing in response to the Aug. 14 article titled “KSM girls volleyball roster includes transgender player.” The broader issue of there being no precedent in MIL regulations for transgender student athletes is a relevant and complex discussion, which The Maui News should not only cover, but has a duty to cover.

However, narrowing this story down to one specific student was not The Maui News’ story to tell. While the article does not disclose the student athlete’s name or photo, a certain anonymity was lost.

Missing from the article, is a statement from the minor’s ohana, and most importantly, the athlete herself. This should be an indication of whose timeline should be honored here. She deserved to tell her story on her time, on her own terms.

Leilehua Low



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