Transgender women in Britain, who are actually biological males, are ruining the sport of rugby, according to women referees who are quitting the sport. The transgender women are injuring female players and they referees are afraid of being sued. “Being forced to prioritize hurt feelings over broken bones exposes me to personal litigation from female players who have been damaged by players who are biologically male. This is driving female players and referees out of the game,” one referee said. The referees also said they were told not to challenge any bearded or heavily muscled players of any women’s team.
The sport does have a testosterone limit, however, referees are told to take the players at their word. “If you even ask the question, you are called a bigot,” another referee said, stating that they had witnessed 5 different women’s players with beards over the course of half a season. The BBC reports one biological male who plays on a women’s team after transitioning is hurting his own teammates. The team’s coach said on TV, “She’s going to be a good player for the next few years, as long as we can stop her injuring players in training.” Former Olympic silver medalist Sharron Davies said that allowing transgender women to play on female rugby teams doesn’t make any sense.
Davies said “My daughter Grace was told at 11 she could no longer play with the boys because it was not safe,” Davies noted. “How can they have that rule in place and say it is perfectly OK for a transgender woman, who is a biological man, to play with the girls, but girls who are girls cannot play with the boys because it is dangerous?” The fairness issue of transgender athletes competing against biological females has come up several times over the last two years. In October 2018, a biological man who identifies as a female won a women’s world championship cycling event in California, sparking debate over how transgender athletes should be judged in sporting events.
In 2017, a boy who identifies as a girl won the girl’s 100-metre and 200-metre dashes in state championships in Connecticut. Earlier that year, a 17-year-old transgender boy won the Texas state girls’ wrestling championship. In June 2019, three female high school athletes filed a federal discrimination complaint against Connecticut’s policy regarding transgender athletes. The girls claim they were racing at a disadvantage against their transgender opponent, a male who identifies as a female, impacting the final results of the race. The federal government has agreed to investigate allegations of discrimination filed by the girls.
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