Fighting is needed: one piece after another the wall of trans-ideology is crumbling.
E while American Democrats -Hillary Clinton's word- resoundingly distance themselves from transactivism because they realise that they risk staking the US presidency on these issues, the Fina (Fédération Internationale de Natation), the world governing body of swimming, voted to in favour of new rules according to which transgender athletes will not be allowed to compete in elite women's competitions if they have gone through any part of the male puberty process. Fina also intends to establish an 'open' category in competitions for swimmers whose gender identity is different from their birth sex.
The 34-page document, approved by a 71% vote of the 152 Fina members, states that MtF transgender athletes are still eligible to compete in the women's category 'provided they have not experienced any part of male puberty beyond the Tanner 2 stage [which marks the beginning of physical development], or before the age of 12, whichever is later'. This means that Lia Thomas -The trophy-stealing swimmer we told you about here-, who expressed a desire to compete for a place at the Olympicsmay not participate in the women's category.
"Fina's approach in drafting these rules was comprehensive, science-based and inclusive and, importantly, emphasised thecompetitive equity"Brent Nowicki, executive director of Fina, told the BBC. Fina President Husain Al-Musallam added: "Fina will always welcome every athlete. The creation of an open category will mean that everyone will have the opportunity to compete at an elite level. This has never been done before, so Fina will have to lead the way'. (Full article here)
Fina's decision follows the recent decision of the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), the international governing body of cycling, to have stricter parameters for the inclusion of male-born athletes in the female category. Previous regulations required cyclists to have testosterone levels below 5 nanomoles per litre (nmol/L) for a period of 12 months prior to competition. The UCI changed the permitted level to 2.5 nmol/L for a period of 24 months.
The revision of the UCI rules comes after the Bridges case, a 21-year-old male who became 'transgender' a few months ago and who was deemed unfit to compete in the female category, on which Boris Johnson had also spoken out, following protests by female and former athletes demanding equal opportunities and fair competition (see here).