British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that transgender women should not compete women’s sports In the comments he said he knew it could be seen as “controversial”.
“I don’t think biological males should compete in women’s sporting events. Perhaps this is controversial… but it seems to me that it is controversial,” Johnson said during a visit to a hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire on Wednesday, PA media reported. Reasonable.
Johnson made the comments while speaking about a number of issues, including the UK government’s controversial decision not to include transgender people in the ban on women. This is called conversion therapy.
“It also happens that women should have places, whether in hospitals, prisons, changing rooms or wherever, that are reserved for women. That is as far as my thinking has evolved on this issue. If that puts me in the Conflict with some others, we have to work to solve the whole problem.”
“It doesn’t mean that I’m not hugely sympathetic to people who want to change gender, and convert. It’s essential that we give people as much love and support as possible in making those decisions.
But these are complex issues and I don’t think they can be resolved with one quick and easy piece of legislation. It takes a lot of thought to get this right, he said.
Johnson’s comments come just days after a transgender athlete Emily Bridges said she was “harassed and demonized” by the media after the UCI, the world’s cycling governing body, decided it could not compete in the UK’s Omnium National Championships over the weekend.
Bridges, who was about to race against British Olympic stars such as Laura Kenny at the event, said she learned through British Cycling last week that the UCI had ruled she was ineligible.
The 21-year-old Bridges said in a statement that she has been in contact with British Cycling and the UCI for the past six months ahead of what was supposed to be her first race at a women’s event.
“At the time, I provided medical evidence to both British Cycling and the UCI that I met the eligibility criteria for transgender female cyclists, including that my testosterone limit had been well below the limit set by regulations for the past 12 months,” In her statement, published by LGBTQIA+ cycling group PRiDE OUT, Bridges said.
As of March 1, 2020, UCI regulations state that transgender women must lower their testosterone levels below 5 nmol/L for at least 12 months in order to compete in female events.
The UCI did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. CNN has reached out to Bridges directly but has yet to listen.
However, the Guardian reported that the UCI had banned Bridges from competing because she said she was still registered as a cyclist and therefore ineligible to compete as a female until the UCI’s male identification expired.
“I’m an athlete, and I just want to race competitively again,” Bridges’ statement continued. “No one should have to choose between what it is and participating in the sport they love.
“As unsurprisingly for most of the British media, I have been relentlessly harassed and demonized by those with a defined payment agenda.
“They attack anything unusual and print whatever is likely to lead to the highest engagement for their articles, and fetch in advertisements.
“This is without concern for the well-being of marginalized individuals or groups, and others are left to pick things up for their own actions.”
Bridges initially posted the statement on her Instagram account, but has since made the account private.