Gay rights activist tennis icon Martina Navratilova slammed as “transphobic” for opposing men competing against women in sporting events.
Martina Navratilova, a gay rights advocate, has faced criticism for a column she penned where she claimed that allowing transgender women to compete in women’s sporting events is insane and “cheating.”
The LGBTQ organization Athlete Ally announced Tuesday it was severing ties with tennis legend Martina Navratilova after comments she made regarding trans athletes.
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For tennis legend and gay rights activist Martina Navratilova, it’s clear that she’s far from being the hippest gal on the LGBTQ scene. In fact, for today’s biologically-challenged youngsters, the groundbreaking lesbian icon is persona non grata. Once again she has angered modern LGBTQ groups by insisting that trans women competing in female sports are “cheating.” After her statements were published in The Sunday Times, LGBTQ group Athlete Ally has severed ties with Navratilova, calling her words “transphobic.”
On February 17, Navratilova wrote a piece for British outlet The Sunday Times, claiming that “Letting men compete as women simply if they change their name and take hormones is unfair.” She insisted that no matter how many people believe that men should be able to “decide” to be women, throwing them in the same athletic competitions as biological females boils down to “cheating.”
Part of the tennis great’s purpose in writing the article was to defend her views posted on Twitter in recent months. “There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard,” she argued in a social media debate between her and outraged supporters of Rachel McKinnon, a Canadian trans woman cyclist who claimed to have received “100,000 hate messages” after winning a high profile women’s cycling championship. More
Martina Navratilova is 100% right. And for every critic of what she wrote, there are 10 people who completely agree with her. Of course, men competing as women is cheating. It is scientific fact that men are different from women. To deny this is to deny science.
I can’t recall any women identifying as men competing in sports. It’s always men identifying as women and it’s ruining women’s sports. A man pretending to be a woman has a severe advantage when competing against real biological women.