Here's the question: Should a 6'8", 50-year old Father and Desert Storm veteran and trans-gendered individual (who was once a man, and is now surgically a "woman") be allowed to play on a Jr. College's womens basketball team?
Before you answer the question about a college allowing someone more than twice the age of the average player to compete, realize that this person has likely just become the first to play competitive collegiate sports as a man and a woman.
You read that correctly.
This is the story of Robert Ludwig, now Gabrielle Ludwig, a 50-year-old recent sex change operation recipient who is now playing for the women’s basketball team of Mission College in Santa Clara, Calif.
After her procedure this past summer, Ludwig petitioned the court for a new birth certificate that would designate her sex as “female.” On Nov. 30, a judge awarded her the new birth certificate and in the eyes of the government, Robert Ludwig is now officially Gabrielle Ludwig.
That one piece of paper opened doors for Ludwig. However, there were concerns that her previous time as a college player might be a problem. Back in 1980, then-Robert Ludwig played for Nassau Community College and the bylaws of the Community College Athletic Association only permit a player to participate for two years. But the athletic association decided to reinstate Ludwig’s full eligibility, based on the fact that he was now legally a “she” and deserved the full two years of permitted playing time with her new gender.
Can a few cuts from the doctors scalple really change a persons gender, or, is all that can happen simply cosmetic because inside their DNA they are StilL THE GENDER THAT THEY WERE BORN WITH? And should thisd individual be allowed to play on that womens basketball team?