Impossible for trans women to compete fairly in women’s sport: UK minister

Impossible for trans women to compete fairly in women’s sport: UK minister

UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has said it is “impossible” for transgender people to compete fairly against women in sport and said biological women should be protected by sporting bodies.

Government Minister Nadine Dorries said that while she would prefer not to have to enact laws to prevent transgender athletes from competing against natural women – that is, to take concrete action on the issue – she suggested that sports bodies take steps to protect women from unfair competition.

“I absolutely believe that it is impossible for a transgender woman to compete in women’s sports. You can choose your gender and we will support and help you to do so… but you cannot change your biology,” the culture secretary told GB News.

“You can’t change the fact that you were born male or you were born female, that’s what it is. I’m afraid that even with these athletes trying to get their testosterone levels below the limit, if someone has gone through puberty it is not that case it will make a significant difference,” the MP for Mid Bedfordshire claimed.

The issue of biological males competing in women’s sports came back to the fore as a point of contention after American swimmer Lia Thomas began breaking records in women’s competitions and defeated several Olympic swimmers after having what the detractors say it is an average career competing against men. .

Britain has also seen controversy over the issue, with cyclist Emily Bridges, who was born male, recently banned from competing with biological women – although British Cycling is currently reviewing its policy.

Nadine Dorries said: “I hate making laws. I would prefer the sports bodies to get together and I asked for a round table with them to discuss it” – essentially passing the buck.

“[Sporting bodies] can come together and come to a position that protects female athletes, but also shows compassion for trans athletes and helps them achieve their goals. Maybe it’s having trans categories, I don’t know, but what I do know is you can’t have trans women competing in women’s sports,” she said.

Her reluctance to take the lead herself comes despite her full title being Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with sport clearly an area of ​​responsibility for her within of the government.

As in America, the issue of transgender and the nature of femininity has also become a political issue, with the leader of the leftist opposition Labor Party, Sir Kier Starmer, being criticized for not answering whether women can have penis.

Tory MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has also struggled to answer simple questions about sex and gender, yielding last month to questions about what he believes to be a woman.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid was a little more outspoken, saying: “My view is that when it comes to sport it should be about sex rather than gender and sex should be based on your biological sex.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for his part, recently spoke out forcefully against biological men taking part in women’s sports, saying: “It may be a controversial thing to say. But… it just makes sense to me.

Like Dorries, however, neither Johnson nor Javid are using their position of power to actually solve the problem right now.

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