‘Get a grip’: Ballon D’Or winner Megan Rapinoe criticizes banning trans athletes

Megan Rapinoe, a two-time women’s world champion and former Ballon D’Or winner, has championed the inclusion of transgender athletes in the sport as more governing bodies. including FIFA and World Athleticsconsider stricter restrictions on transgender participation.

Warning: This article contains a discussion of suicide.

In conversation with Time Magazine on MondayRapinoe said much of the decision-making by governing bodies that exclude transgender people was misinformed, and that the rationale behind blanket bans was both unethical and unsupported by evidence.

Her comments come as FINA, the governing body of world swimming, voted to further restrict trans women from participating in elite competitions.

“I’m 100 percent in favor of trans-inclusion,” Rapinoe said.

“People don’t know much about it. We miss almost everything. Honestly, I think what a lot of people know are versions of the [political] right’s talking points, because they are very loud, they are very consistent, and they are relentless.

“At the highest level there is regulation. In the collegiate sports there is regulation, and at the Olympic and professional levels. It’s not like it’s a free-for-all where everyone just does something.

“So we have to start with inclusion – period. And when things come up, I’m confident we can work it out. But we can’t start with the opposite. That’s cruel. And, frankly, it’s just disgusting.

“We really need to step back and get a handle on what we’re really talking about here because people’s lives are at risk. Children’s lives are at risk from the suicide rate, the rate of depression, and negative mental health and substance abuse.

“Goods [framing] all through ‘God forbid a trans person is successful in sports† Get a grip on reality and take a step back.”

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