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 athletes

The participation of transgender athletes in women’s sports continues to be one of the most contentious issues in all of sports. One side claim that it is unfair to allow anyone who has been through male puberty to compete in the women’s division, while the other argues that anyone who identifies as female should be allowed to compete in women’s sport.

I believe in a middle ground, one that respects the rights of all female athletes to enjoy meaningful competition, while also allowing those transgender women who have undergone medical transition a pathway to eligibility.

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