Similar to lesbian, gay, and bisexual athletes, I sometimes wonder if disclosing my identity will impact how others accept me or treat me, in and out of competition. But there’s another layer to the concerns of a transgender athlete: Will I even be allowed to play?
great synthesis on the problems of how the Stockholm Consensus act as a gatekeeper, effectively baring most athletes from competition, as many of these athletes are years away from surgery or hormones if they choose to pursue that medical route.
Giving the Commonwealth’s high school league the benefit of the doubt its possible they thought they acted in a way that encouraged gender diversity in sports with the adoption of the state’s first transgender high school athletic policy…or it could have been a preemptive strike to ensure that not one transgender student will ever play sports in Virginia. Ether way the new policy which was passed 27-0, requires the exclusion of all teenage transgender athletes except the ones who have undergone sexual reassignment surgery and are undergoing hormone-replacement therapy (HRT).
The policy which requires surgical modifications of adolescents makes no distinction between male to female (MTF) and female to male (FTM) athletes. The following is the draft that was presented to the Virginia High School executive committee Wednesday according to ABC 13 WEVC. It is unknown if there were any changes.
VHSL rules and regulations allow transgender student athlete participation under the following conditions:
A student-athlete will compete in the gender of their birth certificate unless they have undergone sex reassignment.
B. A student athlete who has undergone sex reassignment is eligible to compete in the reassigned gender when:
The student athlete has undergone sex reassignment before puberty, OR
The student athlete has undergone sex reassignment after puberty under all of the following conditions:
a. Surgical anatomical changes have been completed, including external genitalia changes and gonadectomy.
b. Hormonal therapy appropriate for the assigned sex has been administered in a verifiable manner and for a sufficient length of time to minimize gender‐related advantages in sports competition.
c. If a student-athlete stops taking hormonal treatment, they will be required to participate in the sport consistent with their birth gender.
C. A student athlete seeking to participate as a result of sex reassignment must access the VHSL eligibility appeals process.
Note: VHSL honors and respects all individuals based on gender, race, sexual orientation and creed while striving to provide safe and equitable competition.
The touchstone for transgender inclusion in high school athletics is AB 1266.
“(f) A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”
WPATH treatment of adolescents displaying gender dysphoria (pg. 178)“Irreversible Interventions:Genital surgery should not be carried out until(i) patients reach the legal age of majority to give consent for medical procedures in a given country and (ii) patients have lived continuously for at least 12 months in the gender role that is congruent with their gender identity. The age threshold should be seen as a minimum criterion and not an indication in and of itself for active intervention.”
She beats Allana Jones to advance to the title match of Championship Fighting Alliance 11
squatsandsupernatural replied to your post:I am extremely curious to see how this Crossfit situation with the Transgender athlete plays out.I wonder how different the situation would be if she was a trans* man wanting to compete with the men.
Well we have to take into account that…
Please provide the scientific evidence to support your conclusion.
Chloie Jonnson, pictured here looking 100000000% badass, is suing CrossFit over not allowing her to compete as a woman in the CrossFit Games. In the $2.5 million lawsuit against the company, she says that since she has undergone GRS and is recognized as a woman in her home state of California that she should be allowed to compete as a woman.
Wrote an article about trans woman being discriminated against by CrossFit. Got shared to Jezebel. Going to wake up to a lot of transmisogyny in the morning.
Transmisogyny, get ready for it, but let’s rally the troops to take them on.
Crossfit is currently being sued by a transwoman because they won’t let her compete against the women. They’ll “happily let her compete”, just against men.
She’s undergone HRT and sex reassignment surgery, but her body does still give her a competitive edge (its my understanding that women who…
This is outright discrimination. Because Jonnson has had bottom surgery (which includes the largest testosterone producer, testes), her body does not produce testosterone on the same level as male competitors, and actually, in very small amounts. With supplemental estrogen, she has hormone levels on par with her fellow female competitors and her levels have been there for a decade. By OIC’s Stockholm Consensus, she is qualified to compete.
Additionally, if you are going to disallow someone from participation, you should also provide scientific evidence that she has an advantage over other athletes, by which, Crossfit will be able to provide… none. Crossfit does have a clause that they can disallow anyone who “may have an unfair advantage” which seems to be their cop out in this case, but quite frankly is probably only being implied at this point because the athlete happens to be trans.
Not baffled at all. Tried to look into Crossfit’s gender and/or transgender specific policy, however, there is none to be found. How did Crossfit know that Jonnson was trans and what evidence are they using to arbitrarily claim that she has an advantage over other female athletes? This is gender discrimination - if a transgender male, taking testosterone tried to compete, he would never be disallowed from participating. Crossfit can’t make over sweeping assumptions without granting legitimacy to its claim - Jonnson is 5’4,” weighing in at 151 lbs, which based on height and weight, is on par with her fellow female competitors.
"I was born into this world wrapped in a pink blanket, and that color seemed like my destiny, whether I liked it or not. The rush of adrenaline I got from the weight room felt like bursting out of the pink veil and finding myself in control of my body and my gender."
Athletics was an important activity growing up. Though never very good, I dabbled in many many sports. Nowadays it is not as intertwined with my life - no clubs or competitions. It’s sometimes a chore to work out, a mechanism to maintain reflect the body I see in my mind (gender-wise, and not). Other times it is a welcome release, an energy boost, an adrenaline rush, an escape, honoring and respecting the body I have, pushing it to its limit.
This article echoes some of my fears of going to a gym. Since transitioning, I haven’t been to a “real” gym. The culture at my rock climbing gym is open minded, where everyone has a laid back attitude, and I stand out more for my lack of tattoos than for my gender. I haven’t had to face gendered locker rooms (a whole different beast than just a bathroom). I honestly wouldn’t know what to do.
Though, not as respectful as the previous article - how can we protect our trans brothers and sisters while they venture into new terrains?