Cycling Governing Body Bans Trans Competitors
Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News,
The national governing body of cycling in the UK has announced a ban on transgender competitors taking part in women’s races in the country.
British Cycling says that the ban will come into effect by the end of the year, with a new separate ‘open category’ being introduced that anyone of any gender can compete in.
Transgender women banned from competitive female cycling events by national governing body https://t.co/dsWGiTBq28— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 26, 2023
Chief Jon Dutton told reporters “We have taken a view that this is absolutely about being inclusive for all,” adding “We’ve created a new open category that anyone has the ability to ride in and also a non-competitive policy that is absolutely inclusive and accessible.”
“We will not tolerate any form of discrimination in moving forward with this policy,” Dutton added, further noting “it’s really important that we support, we empathise, we are compassionate to the riders that are affected by this policy change.”
The move comes following several trans cyclists dominating women’s events in recent months.
After biological male Austin Killips, won the women’s category of the Tour of the Gila bicycle race in New Mexico earlier this month, the world cycling governing body Union Cycliste Internationale defended its transgender policy, stating “The UCI acknowledges that transgender athletes may wish to compete in accordance with their gender identity,” and adding “The UCI rules are based on the latest scientific knowledge and have been applied in a consistent manner.”
The UCI claims:— Cathy Devine (@cathydevine56) May 3, 2023
'The UCI rules are based on the latest scientific knowledge'.
This is incorrect.
All the research to date indicates T suppression, however low, does not eliminate male advantage. 1/ https://t.co/TizpQ7Tra2
Top cyclist ends her career after too many biological male riders take wins in women's competitionhttps://t.co/eYV0Hf3EWu— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) March 24, 2023
'ICONS, cited a tally of 50 transgender cyclists on @i_heart-bikes that are either currently or recently active in women’s elite international racing, fueling pushback as they capture titles, prize money and podium slots on the women’s circuit.' https://t.co/9Cz2omt2qV— Cathy Devine (@cathydevine56) May 4, 2023
Commenting on the move by British Cycling, trans competitor Emily Bridges called it a “violent act” and “furthering a genocide” against trans people:
“British Cycling are supporting this, they are furthering a genocide against us. Bans from sport is how it starts”, says Emily Bridges who can still compete in the open category and can’t provide a single shred of evidence of a “trans genocide” happening anywhere. pic.twitter.com/yfAWuLQwat— Leif Cairn (@CairnLeif) May 26, 2023
NEW | British Cycling bans transgender women from competing in female category of competitive events under new policy "predicated on fairness".— Dan Roan (@danroan) May 26, 2023
Transgender rider Emily Bridges has said it’s “a violent act”
My interview with new BC chief Jon Dutton here ⬇️https://t.co/zumVkooC4j pic.twitter.com/1puhlj76yB
Bridges has drawn criticism after setting records in men’s cycling before coming out as a transgender woman in October 2020 and beginning to compete in women’s events.
Emily Bridges is male and cannot be allowed to compete against female cyclists. It’s basic. It’s fair. Thank goodness it’s being made clear. Everyone can compete in the “open” category. No one is banned from competition. Competition is simply made fair. https://t.co/clqDmBBent— Jean Hatchet (@JeanHatchet) May 26, 2023
Great news:British Cycling BAN transgender women from racing in female competition, with raging Emily Bridges now threatening to leave 'this terrible island' over 'culture wars'— Chris E (@cholatera) May 26, 2023
via https://t.co/wgpz6mQmhi https://t.co/FeYciXZGAd
As we have documented (see links below), other sports have placed bans on trans competitors in women’s events, with legendary sportswomen including Martina Navratilova and Sharron Davies speaking out in support.
Navratilova and Davies both responded to today’s news:
Good! https://t.co/E94kjrfIyK— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) May 26, 2023
Thank you for at last using the science & asking your athletes. Females have always been worthy of fair sport. And should be at recreational level too. But a good day for common sense & equality of opportunities in sport for women https://t.co/8dZjKkvzuw— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) May 26, 2023
Sick of hearing about lack of research. Every Olympics ever shows us & 17 peer reviewed studies show male puberty can’t be mitigated against NON show you can! What evidence do you need @bbc https://t.co/LRIgqF6rKV— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) May 26, 2023
So it’s ok to be discriminatory against females but not trans identifying males? I’m so over this PC crap… Do sport in categories based on the sex you are… not the sex you’d like to be but are not!— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) May 26, 2023
Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova: “Women’s Sports Is NOT THE PLACE for Trans Athletes”
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