Tennis great Martina Navratilova has been criticized after claiming it is a form of "cheating" for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women's sport https://t.co/UCR8IVIBK8 pic.twitter.com/GvfrIboAiT— CNN (@CNN) February 18, 2019
She has been criticized after claiming it is a form of "cheating" for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women's sport. She wrote that it was "insane" that "hundreds of athletes who have changed gender by declaration and limited hormone treatment have already achieved honors as women that were beyond their capabilities as men."
She did more research on the subject : "Well, I've now done that and, if anything, my views have strengthened. To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires. 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."
Her comments were labeled "transphobic" by trans rights group Trans Actual.
Navratilova rejected accusations of transphobia, adding that she deplores "what seems to be a growing tendency among transgender activists to denounce anyone who argues against them and to label them all as 'transphobes.'"
She also highlighted her friendship with Renée Richards, the transgender tennis player.
She hopes that Caster Semenya will win her case because she has never taken any medication.