admin Posted February 18, 2019 Share Posted February 18, 2019 Tennis great Martina Navratilova, a gay-rights advocate, has faced criticism for a column she penned in a U.K. newspaper where she claimed that allowing transgender women to compete in women’s sporting events is insane and “cheating.” Navratilova wrote the column in The Independent newspaper in response to fallout from atweet from December that read, “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” She reportedly said that she would do research on the subject, but said that her earlier views “have strengthened.” View image on Twitter Peter Lynas@peterlynas Fascinating article in @thesundaytimes - @Martina promised to go away and research trans competitors after previous comments- her conclusion is that the evidence of the advantage they have is clear and she won’t be bullied from saying so - a significant intervention. 23 5:17 AM - Feb 17, 2019 See Peter Lynas's other Tweets Twitter Ads info and privacy “It’s insane and it’s cheating,” she wrote. “I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.” Her column was criticized by some as transphobic. The Guardian reported that Rachel McKinnon, who was the first transgender woman to win a cyclist world title, issued a statement to the paper calling the column, “disturbing.” Navratilova called out her critics and what she sees as “a growing tendency among transgender activists to denounce anyone who argues against them.” Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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