Joanna Harper helps SI understand, value transgender athletes
W55 Joanna Harper, whose special status is well-known among her running peers, writes on Carmel Barnum’s site about helping a Sports Illustrated writer do justice to other transgender athletes â€” men who become women and vice versa. (See it here.) Joanna isn’t the first transgender athlete in masters track. I met a woman (formerly a man) at Maine nationals in the late 1990s. She ran the 200 against my wife and told me her story over an hour in a remote section of the bleachers. Masters track is friendly to trans because we all are trans â€” people doing what their heart says is right against all societal traditions. Joanna’s just another lady runner to me. That’s how it should be.