A 9-year-old Canadian girl was verbally attacked and accused of being transgender at a school track and field event last week.
Heidi Star’s young daughter was left “visibly shaking and sobbing” after the grandfather of another student interrupted a shot put event by yelling at her and accusing her of being transgender during the track and field meet for elementary students held at Kelowna’s Apple Bowl.
“She was standing in line and all of a sudden, this man comes out of the crowd. He stops the entire event and says ‘This is a girl’s event, why are boys allowed to throw,’” Star told The Post on Tuesday.
The man began pointing at Star’s daughter, a cisgender 9-year-old girl, loudly proclaiming, “But there are boys playing. Why are boys allowed to throw.”
From the stands, Star shouted back that her daughter, who has a short, pixie-style haircut, is in fact, a girl.
“He replied, she’s a girl, using air quotes,” Star recalled, adding that the man was also yelling and pointing at another girl who also had a short haircut.
“If she’s not a boy, she is obviously trans,” he said, according to Star.
The man’s wife eventually chimed in, accusing the parents of being “genital mutilators, groomers and pedophiles.”
They then demanded Star provide certification to prove that her daughter was born female.
Thursday’s incident left Star’s daughter, who she is not publicly naming, “visibly shaking and sobbing.” The horrifying situation was first reported by local news outlet Castanet.
Star says her daughter has been shielded from such outright hatred toward the LGBTQ+ community as she was raised by two lesbian mothers and knows many LBGTQ+ people, including transgender people.
“And she’s cis-gendered. There’s no reason that she would be the target of anti-trans hate,” Star said.
The fired-up mother said she hopes the situation helps people see “how awful and how extreme” the anti-trans rhetoric has become and that it empowers people to “not be silent when they see anti-queer and anti-trans actions” and will stand up against it.
“This is proof that this has nothing to do with protecting children,” Star added.
While the situation was traumatizing, Star says her daughter has received an outpouring of love from the community as a result.