By Upsocl
mayo 9, 2022

“Most women involved in community events or sports accept all other kinds of women and don’t say, ‘I only want to be in a room with white women, or cis women or no trans women or no black women here.’”

The debate about the integration of trans people in different areas of society is generating heated discussions on both sides. In professional sports in the UK in particular, the question of whether or not trans athletes should participate with biological women is on the table.

It all started with the announcement by the British Cycling Federation that Emily Bridges, a trans athlete, was allowed to compete in the women’s category. This caused a backlash from other athletes who felt this was to Emily’s advantage, despite having the same testosterone levels.

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The discussion has been joined by political figures such as Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who also disagreed with Emily’s, or any athlete who was born as a man’s, participation in the women’s category.

Meanwhile, the LGTBI+ community has categorized the rejection as discriminatory. For transgender activist, Norrie May-Welby, who identifies as a non-binary person, it has been an intolerant attitude to not allow the trans community to participate in professional sports.

Norrie was born a man in Scotland and underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 28. In addition, in 2014 she won a legal battle in Australia to be recognized as neither male nor female.

“If you’re saying you don’t want to be in a team or compete in a game against a trans person because they are trans, that’s bigoted,” Norrie said in conversation with Daily Mail.

“Most women involved in community events or sports accept all other kinds of women and don’t say, ‘I only want to be in a room with white women, or cis women, or no trans women or no black women here. Most people involved in community events have an inclusive approach to things,” she added.

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According to the media, science and sports medicine have determined that trans athletes who went through puberty as men have advantages in strength, size and speed, because these are not reversed by hormone treatments. For Norrie, however, this is not true.

“If they’ve had the surgery and they’ve been on female hormones for at least two years, I don’t think they’re going to have a strength advantage anymore. If they’ve had their testes cut out, they’ve got no testosterone in them,” she said.

This stance is debated by Olympic athlete Emma McKeon, who opined that “I personally wouldn’t want to be racing against someone who is biologically a male, so that’s a concern. It’s not a new thing, but it’s new in that sport, swimming is going to have to deal with it”.

Norrie did acknowledge however that trans athletes tend to be taller and that could prove advantageous in certain disciplines. “In a sport like basketball, where height can make a difference, generally people that are assigned male at birth might be taller than most people that are assigned female at birth,” she said.

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“So you wouldn’t want to have six-foot people competing against four-foot people in a sport where height makes a difference,” she added.

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