BBC Presenter: Transgender Athletes Competing in Women's Sports is 'Unfair'
Gabby Logan says allowing trans women to compete with biological females is not fair
BBC presenter Gabby Logan has said that it is "unfair" to allow transgender women to compete against biological females in sports.
Sports host Logan, who previously represented Wales in Rhythmic Gymnastics at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, says women’s sporting events need to be “protected,” saying that many other athletes “feel the same way” about trans athletes competing against their biological opposites.
Speaking to the Mirror newspaper, she stressed: “This is not about attacking a community, it’s about saying: how can we make this a fair place for women to compete?”
Logan's comments echo those of other famous sporting figures who have recently spoken out.
Sharon Davies and Martina Navratilova have recently voiced their concerns about the unfairness of trans athletes competing against biological women.
British Olympic swimmer Davies said that allowing biological men to compete against women is not an example of a “fair and level playing field” because there are “fundamental differences” between the sexes.
She continued: “I have nothing against anyone who wishes 2be transgender… However I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex u r born with & the gender u may identify as. To protect women’s sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women’s sport.”
Meanwhile, as Breitbart reports, Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova, a gay rights activist, wrote a column for the Sunday Times in which she said:
“I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her.”
Navratilova added that it was “cheating.”
Their comments have faced serious backlash.
One British sports columnist, Jonathan Liew of the Independent, said of the issue that it “falls under the most literal definition of transphobia: an irrational fear of the other, based on ingrained prejudice and occasionally pure ignorance.”
“If Sharron Davies, Paula Radcliffe, or Martina Navratilova had said we need to keep black women out of sport to 'protect it' and the 'integrity of women’s sport'
"That would be obviously racist
"That’s why it’s obviously transphobic to exclude trans women now”
If Sharron Davies, Paula Radcliffe, or Martina Navratilova had said we need to keep black women out of sport to "protect it" and the "integrity of women's sport"— Dr. Rachel McKinnon (@rachelvmckinnon) March 5, 2019
That would be obviously racist
That's why it's obviously transphobic to exclude trans women now
Not "name calling"
One school in the US has withdrawn from their athletic conference entirely over the issue.
Grace Brethren Christian School Director George Hornickel stated that trans athletes competing as women was “a form of cheating” and that it “gives them an advantage over girls teams who only play female athletes.”