Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Sparks Outrage Over Trans Athlete Remark

For almost 40 years, tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been a vocal champion for human rights and the LGBTQ community.

But recently, the 18-time Grand Slam champ made an odd misstep as she took to Twitter to complain about transgender athletes in sports.

“You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women,” Navratilova tweeted. “There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”

Navratilova's remarks drew quick condemnation from trans activists, and the tennis icon quickly deleted her tweet.



Even after the deletion, though, the criticism continued. Dr Rachel McKinnon, who won a women's event at the UCI Masters track world championships, wasn’t satisfied.

A Canadian cyclist and transgender activist, McKinnon was identified as male before transitioning in her 20s. Her win at the Los Angeles event this past October sparked controversy.

On Twitter, McKinnon denounced Navratilova’s “pro-trans’ tweet and added, “Genitals do not play sports.”



As Cyd Zeigler notes at Outsports, "Various sports bodies have adopted trans-inclusion policies that allow trans women to compete as women without having gender-reassignment surgery." 

The International Olympic Committee made that shift three years ago, and the NCAA changed their policy in 2011.

Navratilova eventually stepped back after Renee Richards, a pioneering transgender athlete, weighed in.

“Ok- I take it back,” wrote Navratilova. “Clearly I do t know what u [sic] am talking about. So once again- I will defer to Renee Richards as she certainly knows what she is talking about. I will find that tweet and delete it. All I want is fairness. Thank you.”



But Navratilova and McKinnon each took one more swipe at each other:




(h/t Outsports)

3 thoughts on “Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Sparks Outrage Over Trans Athlete Remark”

  1. Hardly a trans-phobic comment

    Hardly a trans-phobic comment. She is an LGBT icon, and probably the most qualified to comment on such matters within a sport she has played her entire life. 

  2. Dr. McKinnon says that

    Dr. McKinnon says that genitals do not play sports.  Actually, they do, since genitals are responsible for creating male and female bodies.  Male bodies are generally bigger and stronger than female bodies as a result, and thus can compete better at most sports.

  3. She was right to begin with.

    She was right to begin with. This trans-activist insanity will eventually, hopefully, fall flat when the majority realizes it's all based on fantasy. 


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