On February 24, 2019, a biologically male cyclist competed against female cyclists, and won the first Dutch title for Biehler Pro Cycling. Natalie van Gogh, who identifies as a woman, expressed glee that he already had the win secured in the first of three rounds, when he attained a maximum lead of 1.45.
“I am very happy that I have been able to close my beach season in this way,” he exclaimed.
Mr. van Gogh has been dominating women’s cycling for years, with such notable wins under his belt as the 2015 Lotto Belgium Tour.
The practice of biologically male transgender athletes playing on women’s sports teams has come under increasing scrutiny in 2019 as the number of men dominating women’s sports rapidly rises, and serious injuries inflicted by these transgender sportsmen against their female competitors stack up. Prominent female sports figures have come forward in recent weeks to question the wisdom of compelling women and girls to compete against biologically male people. The female athletes’ statements have been met with backlash from the transgender community.
Male Transgender Individuals Are Dominating Women’s Sports, and Inflicting Injuries on Female Athletes
Fallon Fox, an American and Navy veteran, won a September 2014 mixed-martial arts match in only three minutes when he delivered knock-out blows that gave female opponent Tamikka Brents a concussion and fractured her orbital bone. Ms. Brents’s blood covered the ring, and she had to be hospitalized and receive seven staples to the head.
Hannah Mouncey of Australia, a 6′ 3, 250-lb tower of muscle, dominated women’s professional football before driving his team to international victory in women’s professional handball. A woman’s leg broke when Mr. Mouncey became entangled with her on the field.
Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand was a champion weightlifter when he competed against men. Once Mr. Hubbard began identifying as a woman, he broke four records and won gold in a women’s weightlifting match in Melbourne, Australia. In his first competition against women, he was able to lift 7kg (15.4 lbs) more than his nearest competitor. The Kiwi will compete in the Arafura Games next month, April 2019.
Tiffany Abreu of Brazil accumulated dozens of trophies competing in men’s volleyball. Now competing against women, the male transgender athlete has seen even greater success, becoming league record holder for the most points scored in one match.
Considered a mediocre athlete when he competed against men, the biologically male transgender Canadian Rachel McKinnon outshines his female cycling opponents. He won the world championship in women’s cycling on Sunday, October 14th 2018, and set a new record in the process.
Even girls have been affected, with transgender-identified American teen boys Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood consistently coming in first and second in girls’ track matches, including the Connecticut girls indoor track championships of late February 2019.
Prominent Women Speak Out
Martina Navratilova, who became one of the first openly lesbian or gay major sports figures in the US when she came out as a lesbian in 1981, began a firestorm in mid-February when she denounced it as “insane and cheating” to permit biologically male transgender individuals to compete in women’s sports:
Simply reducing hormone levels — the prescription most sports have adopted — does not solve the problem. A man builds up muscle and bone density, as well as a greater number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, from childhood. Training increases the discrepancy. … Hundreds of athletes who have changed gender by declaration and limited hormone treatment have already achieved honours as women that were beyond their capabilities as men. … It’s insane and it’s cheating. 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.
The tweet received widespread supported, receiving over 7,000 ‘likes’ in just 24 hours.
However, the reaction from the transgender community was negative. The LGBT organization Athlete Ally accused the tennis great of spreading “misinformation” and engaging in “discrimination.” The organization removed Ms. Navratilova from their advisory board, and stripped her of the title of Ambassador.
Ms. Navratilova later apologized for using the term “cheating” to describe male transgender participants in women’s sports, but stood by her overall stance. If “everyone were included, women’s sports as we know them would cease to exist,” she insisted.
Emboldened by Ms. Navratilova’s act of bravery, more female athletes have since come forward. Former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies explained in an interview with Sky News why it is unfair for women to be forced to compete against biologically male individuals who identify as transgender women. Dr. McKinnon slammed Davies’s statements as “hate speech,” and some trans activists demanded she be stripped of her MBE.
“Those with a male sex advantage should not be able to compete in women’s sport,” insisted two-time Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes, in agreement with Ms. Davies. “Setting fair and safe markers in sport is a must.”Trans activists lashed out, branding Dame Holmes “transphobic,” and demanding sponsors withdraw support.
British long-distance runner Paula Radcliffe also weighed in on the controversy, telling BBC Radio 4 that athletes who were born male have “certain advantages that women will not ever get.”
Olympic track winner Sally Gunnell and Olympic gold medallist boxer Nicola Adams also spoke out in support of Ms. Navratilova’s stance.
Transgender Activists React to Women Standing Up for Women’s & Girls’ Sports
Feeling the heat, members of the transgender community returned fire. Dr. McKinnon, an assistant professor of philosophy, and the biologically male winner of the women’s world cycling championship, faced a backlash of his own when he appeared to subtly and deliberately play on racist stereotypes to defend the place of biologically male trans athletes in women’s sports.
A feminist Twitter user condemned the professor’s statements as “abhorrently racist bilge,” and noted that not one of Dr. McKinnon’s supporters called him out for it.
“Using women of colour to prop up trans arguments yet again. Cyclepath is a truly odious individual,” another person tweeted. Another user agreed, “They always bring black women into the debate, as if black women are not really female but are only grudgingly admitted to the club by other females.” A third Twitter user pointed to Dr. McKinnon’s statement as the latest example in the white-male dominated trans movement’s trend of “coopting the struggles of women of color / gay rights to use as rhetorical props.”
Twitter further erupted in outrage when Dr. McKinnon went after Ms. Davies, appearing to imply that she looks like a man.
The BBC news organization brought Dr. Kinnon on air to challenge the statements of former Olympian swimmer Ms. Davies, despite the fact that Dr. Kinnon’s higher educational credentials are limited to philosophy and gender studies. Women’s advocacy organization Fair Play for Women challenged this apparent violation by the BBC of its own written policies.
Why is the @BBC continually using non-scientist @Rachelvmckinnon as the expert presenting her ‘scientific evidence’ when her views are not published or endorsed by any other credible scientists? Scientific discussion must involve actual scientists. https://t.co/1ngSV07vZt pic.twitter.com/BWpBpcd0bI
— FairPlayForWomen (@fairplaywomen) March 5, 2019
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De eerste Nederlandse titel voor Biehler Pro Cycling is binnen. Op overtuigende wijze reed Natalie van Gogh vandaag naar de Nederlandse strandtitel in Rockanje!
Martina Navratilova, one of the first openly gay major sports figures, has run afoul of the LGBT movement for calling it “cheating” to allow transgender females to participate in women’s sports.
Paula Radcliffe has weighed in on the debate of whether transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in women’s sport, saying that “different levels of transgender” must be considered in the discussion.