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To Compete or Not to Compete...That is the Question?

A trending topic over the past year in the sports world has been transgender athletes and whether or not they should be able to compete in certain competitions.

To be transgender is to be someone who does not identify with the gender that they were assigned at birth, and may be transitioning from one gender expression to another. In 2015, The New York Times referenced a 2011 essay which estimated that 0.3% of the population, or 700,000 people are trans (Dawson, para 2). This dilemma has been most common with trans-women and women who have higher levels of testosterone than their other counterparts. The dilemma at-hand has been whether or not it is fair for men and boys who assign themselves as female to compete in sporting events with biological females.

Paula Radcliffe, the former Commonwealth gold medal-winning long-distance runner, told BBC this could be "a threat to female sport" because, in the future, "people will manipulate the situation…” (Dawson, et. al.). She also discussed that even though a man can legally decide to be female, and win a lot of awards in female sports, ultimately he can reverse that decision after and become a man once again (Dawson, et. al.). However, Rachel McKinnon, the trans cyclist, discussed that the argument is the height of discrimination (Dawson, et. al.). Because there are a lot of steps for folks who are becoming trans, like you will have to go to a doctor and the counselor will have to diagnose you with gender dysphoria, which means you don’t identify with the gender you were assigned at birth, and a counselor would typically see you for six to 12 months to prevent there being a sense of fraud (Dawson, et. al.). 

With all the evidence that has been given, you must be able to discern for yourself what the correct action is in regards to this issue. Stay tuned for more topics pertaining to social trends in our communities as folks from marginalized identities.



Dawson, A. (2019, April 17). The biggest thing critics continually get wrong about transgender athletes competing in women's sports. Retrieved October 7, 2019, from

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