LGBT group dumps Navratilova over trans comments

Athlete Ally, an LGBT-supporting sports organisation, has sacked Martina Navratilova as an ambassador after a series of comments on trans issues.

The Grand Slam tennis singles champion, who came out as lesbian in 1981, referred to trans players as “men who decided to be female”.

Writing in the Sunday Times, she said that it was “insane” that trans women had received awards and honours which were “beyond their capabilities as men”, and that it would be “unfair” if she had to compete against a trans woman.

In response, Athlete Ally have removed Navratilova from their advisory board and as one of their ambassadors.

In a statement they said: “Martina Navratilova’s recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people.

 “Martina Navratilova’s recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people.

“Trans women are women, period. They did not decide their gender identity any more than someone decides to be gay, or to have blue eyes.

“They are women, and want to compete in the sport they love, just like any other athlete would.”

 

 

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