Impossible for Trans Women to Compete Fairly in Women's Sport: UK Minister - New Style Motorsport

Britain’s Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said it was “impossible” for transgender people to compete fairly with women in sports and said biological women should be protected by sports bodies.

Government minister Nadine Dorries said that while she would rather not have to enact laws to prevent transgender athletes from competing against natural women – that is, take real action on the issue – she suggested sports bodies should take action to protect transgender athletes. women from unfair competition.

“I am absolutely of the opinion that it is impossible for a trans woman to compete in women’s sports. You can choose your gender and we will support and help you to do so… but you cannot change your biology,” the culture secretary told GB News.

“You cannot change that you were born a man or that you were born a woman, it is what it is. I am afraid that even with those athletes trying to get their testosterone levels below the limits, if someone has gone through puberty, it is not the case that it makes a significant difference, ”said the Mid Bedfordshire MP.

The issue of biological men competing in women’s sports has resurfaced as a point of contention after American swimmer Lia Thomas began breaking records in women’s competition and defeating several female Olympic swimmers after having what critics say she it was a medium race competing against men. .

Britain has also seen controversy over the issue, with cyclist Emily Bridges, who was born male, recently being banned from racing biological women, although British Cycling is currently reviewing its policy.

Nadine Dorries said: “I hate making laws. I would prefer that the sports bodies meet and I have asked for a round table with them to discuss this”, essentially passing the buck.

“[Sporting bodies] they can come together and reach a position that protects athletes, but also shows compassion for trans athletes and helps them achieve their goals. Maybe that’s having trans categories, I don’t know, but what I do know is that you can’t have trans women competing in women’s sports,” she said.

Her reluctance to take the lead in the situation comes despite the fact that her full title is Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and sport is a clear area of ​​responsibility for her within the government.

As in the US, the issue of transsexualism and the nature of femininity has also become a political issue, with the leader of the opposition left-wing Labor Party, Sir Kier Starmer, coming under fire for not answering whether women can have penis.

Conservative MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has also struggled to answer simple questions about sex and gender, relenting to questioning last month about what he believes to be a woman.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has been a bit more blunt, stating: “My own view is that when it comes to sports, it should be about sex rather than gender and sex should be based on your biological sex.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for his part, recently spoke out forcefully against biological men competing in women’s sports, saying: “Maybe that’s somewhat controversial. But… I think it makes sense.”

However, like Dorries, neither Johnson nor Javid are using their position of power to solve the problem at the moment.

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