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Israel Folau targets support for transgender children in church sermon

‘God has called us,’ ex-Wallaby says in video as he renews attack on homosexualityIsrael Folau has used a sermon at his Sydney church to describe homosexuality as a sin and criticise young people being allowed to “change their gender”.In a video posted…

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British Olympians call for IOC to shelve ‘unfair’ transgender guidelines

• Survey of 15 female athletes finds frustration over current policy• Group in favour of suspension of rules pending further researchThe International Olympic Committee’s guidelines for transgender athletes are unfair on female athletes and should be s…

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Caster Semenya ruling ‘tramples on dignity’ of athletes, South Africa says

Olympian receives strong backing from South African government and fellow athletesSouth Africans have expressed widespread support for the double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who will run her last 800m on Friday before the imposition of controversi…

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Sport’s transgender debate needs compromise not conflict | Joanna Harper

The author, a medical expert who transitioned in her 20s and has advised the IOC, believes science and sporting studies show a route to respecting the rights of all athletesThe participation of transgender athletes in women’s sports continues to be one…

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Sport can help to clarify the trans debate | Hadley Freeman

Martina Navratilova faced a backlash for her comments on female participation, but at least she has moved the discussion onSport is often dismissed as mere entertainment, but it is where some of the most serious matters play out, from geopolitical rela…

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Sport can help to clarify the trans debate | Hadley Freeman

Martina Navratilova faced a backlash for her comments on female participation, but at least she has moved the discussion onSport is often dismissed as mere entertainment, but it is where some of the most serious matters play out, from geopolitical rela…

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Sports stars weigh in on row over transgender athletes

Campaigners divided over whether trans women have an unfair advantage in sportFirst it was Martina Navratilova. Then Paula Radcliffe and Kelly Holmes. Now, almost with every passing day, there are more voices wading into the issue of whether transgende…

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LGBT group drops Martina Navratilova over transgender comments

• 18-time grand slam winner no longer Athlete Ally ambassador• Navratilova also loses place on advisory boardMartina Navratilova has been removed as an ambassador by Athlete Ally, an organisation that supports LGBT athletes, following her comments on t…

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Martina Navratilova criticised over ‘cheating’ trans women comments

Former tennis player says trans athletes competing in women’s tournaments is ‘insane’The former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has been criticised for “disturbing, upsetting, and deeply transphobic” comments after she argued that allowing trans…

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Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenised group should be resisted | Sean Ingle

In response to the impact of transgender athletes some advocate the sexes competing together, a move others argue would banish women from top-level sportCan you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams …

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Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenised group should be resisted | Sean Ingle

In response to the impact of transgender athletes some advocate the sexes competing together, a move others argue would banish women from top-level sportCan you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams …

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Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenised group should be resisted | Sean Ingle

In response to the impact of transgender athletes some advocate the sexes competing together, a move others argue would banish women from top-level sportCan you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams …

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AFL’s trans participation policy sets a dangerous precedent for women

With weight being used as a measure for exclusion, women are yet again being body-shamedLate last week, the AFL released its long-awaited policy on transgender participation in Australian rules football. In it are a set of requirements trans women need…

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AFL’s trans participation policy sets a dangerous precedent for women

With weight being used as a measure for exclusion, women are yet again being body-shamedLate last week, the AFL released its long-awaited policy on transgender participation in Australian rules football. In it are a set of requirements trans women need…

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Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s eligibility under scrutiny

No official objection lodged against Kiwi athlete, but other teams at Commonwealth Games said they felt it was unfair New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard went into the women’s +90kg finals at the Commonwealth Games as favourite, expected not only t…

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How I fell in love with roller derby | Jordan Raskopoulos

In any other sport, a trans woman’s strength would be held to scrutiny. In derby, it is celebratedSport is a big thing in my family. My father was a Socceroo. One of my sisters was a competitive figure skater, the other a rhythmic gymnast and my brothe…

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NCAA returns March Madness to North Carolina after roll back of ‘bathroom bill’

  • Law had been attacked as limiting protections for LGBT people
  • College sports governing body had pulled events from state over law

The NCAA has awarded men’s basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that limited protections for LGBT people and put it at risk of being passed over as a host for future events.

The governing body announced decisions on Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had “reluctantly” agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties. It had stripped North Carolina of seven championship events for the past sports season — including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games — and said it could relocate more events if there wasn’t a change in the “bathroom bill.”

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NCAA ends North Carolina boycott after roll back of ‘bathroom bill’

  • Law had been attacked as limiting protections for LGBT people
  • College sports governing body had pulled events from state over law

The NCAA says it will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.

In a statement on Tuesday, the athletics body said its board of governors had reviewed moves to repeal the so-called “bathroom bill” and replace it with a compromise law. The new agreement, House Bill 142, though it repeals the bathroom bill, has angered LGBT and civil liberty groups because it prohibits future anti-discrimination ordinances by cities and councils. This means that cities will not be able to introduce any local laws to specifically protect transgender people.

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Transgender-friendly toilets planned for 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Tokyo’s city government is planning on installing gender-neutral bathrooms in at least seven of the 11 Olympic venues it is constructing for the 2020 Games

Tokyo’s metropolitan government is seeking to install gender-neutral public restrooms in the venues it is constructing for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

While daredemo toire (“everyone’s toilets”) suitable for either men or women have existed for several years in Japan, they have previously been designed as larger spaces designed to accommodate patrons in wheelchairs.

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Cheating in sport is becoming ever harder to judge | Catherine Bennett

Maria Sharapova’s drugs ban throws into sharp relief the issues surrounding today’s transgender athletes

Four years ago, Oscar Pistorius, still a hero rather than a murderer, was about to compete in the London Olympics against enabled athletes, running on his carbon-fibre blades. Not everyone was happy about this. The German team, for instance, said his Flex-Foot Cheetahs used 25% less energy and were unfair to natural runners. How was it fair to ban all doping, then allow one athlete to use special technology? It was against fair play, the spirit of the Games.

Pistorius’s supporters were incredulous that anyone could accuse an awe-inspiring double amputee of having an unfair advantage. That was definitely against the spirit of the games.

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