A new petition is demanding the International Olympic Committee suspend their guidelines on transgender-identifying male athletes for the games in Tokyo next year. Launched by the nonpartisan coalition Save Women’s Sports, the effort is reasserting the primacy of women’s rights, particularly as it pertains to competitive athletics. Males who present as female is fundamentally unfair, harmful and wrong, the group says. “The transgender eligibility guidelines created by the consensus meeting in 2015, which allows males who identify as females to enter women’s categories, is unacceptable the petition reads. “Allowing male athletes to self-identify as female competitors is irresponsible, negligent, and dangerous.”
The petition continues “In adopting the 2015 transgender guidelines you have abandoned your duty to protect the safety and integrity of females and female sports. This amounts to blatant discrimination against women on the basis of sex. Males should not compete in female sports.” Beth Stelzer, the founder of Save Women’s Sports (SWS), noted the range of those supporting the petition. Linda Blade, a Canadian sports performance coach and founding member of Save Women’s Sports, said that the petition represents “a new beginning for women in sport. Women require respect as much as men do,” she said. The SWS petition has been signed by an array of women’s groups from around the world whose views span the spectrum.
Signatories include organizations from the conservative Concerned Women for America to left-wing radical feminist groups like the Women’s Liberation Front. “Even if male athletes did not have a physiological advantage over female athletes (which they do), women and girls have an unconditional right to say no to males in female-only spaces,” said Kara Dansky, a board member of the Women’s Liberation Front. Sharron Davies, a former competitive swimmer from the United Kingdom who won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, has also signed the petition. The petition has also been translated to Dutch, Spanish and French.
The official IOC transgender guidelines from 2015 state that it “is necessary to ensure insofar as possible that trans athletes are not excluded from the opportunity to participate in sporting competition.” Requiring surgical alteration to the body as a precondition for participation in Olympic competition is not needed to preserve fairness, the guidelines say, and may not be consistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights. The guidelines also stipulate that male athletes who identify as female have to have identified as such for at least four years and have lowered testosterone levels for at least one year before the first competition, with compliance monitored through periodic testing.
Source: Christian Post