Biologically male athletes have unfair advantages over women, a report released Thursday from the Sports Councils’ Equality Group found.
The Sports Councils’ Equality Group found that there are “retained” differences in an average woman’s strength, stamina, and physique, compared with the average transgender woman “with or without testosterone suppression.”
The report concluded that “the inclusion of transgender people into female sport cannot be balanced regarding transgender inclusion, fairness, and safety in gender-affected sport where there is meaningful competition.”
In a frequently asked questions document, the researchers additionally noted that testosterone reduction or suppression “does not negate all the physiological advantages of having developed testosterone-driven strength, stamina, and physique.”
The Sports Councils' Equality Group “aims to promote and develop equality in sport across all the equality strands,” according to the group’s website. The group includes UK Sport, Sport Wales, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, and Sport Scotland.
“Some ‘judged sports’ are more dependent on skill rather than strength, such as rhythmic gymnastics,” the report said. “However, some have significant physical factors of strength, stamina, and physique due to the nature of the activity, such as artistic swimming.”
“Those sports which use lower nets, shorter boundaries, or lighter implements in female competition implicitly recognize themselves as ‘gender-affected,’ and this acknowledges direct competition between the sexes is considered unfair (and perhaps unsafe),” the review continued. “Many sports have an age after which mixed competition is prohibited, and it is evident from such rules that mixed competition after this age is considered unfair and/or unsafe.”
American Principles Project President Terry Schilling told The Daily Caller News Foundation on Friday that the study once again demonstrates what “we all know to be self-evident truths—that men and women are equal, but very different, and that men have natural physical advantages over women.”
“While Big Pharma and the LGBT movement are bringing in big bucks from gender-confused people, they have finally met their match in terms of political power: women. Specifically, women athletes,” Schilling said. “Women spent the better part of the last century fighting for equal rights and equal opportunities, and they aren’t going to roll over and let these powerful and well-funded movements take away their rights.”
Mermaids, an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering transgender youth, said in a statement that the study “ignores the lived experiences of trans people” and “misinterprets the Equality Act and academic literature.”
“This report will have ramifications for trans people in the sporting community, and only seeks to cause unnecessary hostility, exclusion, and confusion for those wishing to participate in sport,” the U.K.-based organization said in a statement.
“It is important to remember that the [Sports Councils' Equality Group] report only exists as guidance: it is not mandatory,” Mermaids added. “Sports groups and organizations are entitled and encouraged to write and implement their own policies on including trans and non-binary people in sport.”
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