As transgender people, we often become accustomed to watching members of society literally fight it out over what to do with us as a community. We get to watch as everyone else decides where we can pee, what accommodations we can use, whether or not we can get fired from or jobs, whether we should have any rights, and much more. It is tragically funny if you think about it. It is the latest in the saga of society trying to figure out what to do with us.
The Transgender Athlete
Do Transgender Athletes Have an Unfair Advantage?
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Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. With a history marked by division and discrimination, it looks like things could be about to get a whole lot more complicated for female athletes, after the International Olympic Committee announced changes to its transgender policy. Transgender athletes will now be allowed to compete in the Olympics without having to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Achieving eligibility to compete in male competition is now easy - you just have to say you are male.
The participation of transgender or transsexual individuals in competitive sports is a controversial issue. Opposition to transgender or transsexual individuals competing in sporting events generally focuses on hormonal factors such as higher testosterone levels among trans women , the socialisation of young men and women, and physiological factors such as height and weight. Insisting trans athletes compete against athletes of the same biological sex , sex verification testing , and access regulations have been used with the aim of ensuring fair competition. Historically sport has been seen as a male domain. Already a promising tennis player in the men's circuit, Richards underwent gender reassignment therapy in and started playing in women's tournaments a year later.