US footballer Megan Rapinoe has hit out at the ‘disgusting’ exclusion of transgender athletes.
Rapinoe, who currently plays for OL Reign, has called the decision to exclude transgender athletes ‘cruel’ and ‘disgusting’.
The 36-year-old told TIME:
“I’m 100 percent supportive of trans inclusion. People do not know very much about it. We’re missing almost everything.
“Frankly, I think what a lot of people know is versions of the right’s talking points because they’re very loud. They’re very consistent, and they’re relentless.
“At the highest level, there is regulation. In collegiate sports, there is regulation. And at the Olympic and professional level. It’s not like it’s a free-for-all where everyone’s just doing whatever.”
“Show me the evidence that trans women are taking everyone’s scholarships, are dominating in every sport, are winning every title. I’m sorry, it’s just not happening.
“So we need to start from inclusion, period. And as things arise, I have confidence that we can figure it out. But we can’t start at the opposite. That is cruel. And frankly, it’s just disgusting.
“So, we need to really kind of take a step back and get a grip on what we’re really talking about here because people’s lives are at risk. Kids’ lives are at risk with the rates of suicide, the rates of depression and negative mental health and drug abuse.
“We’re putting everything through God forbid a trans person be successful in sports. Get a grip on reality and take a step back.”
Rapinoe’s comments come after FANO announce that transgender women women will not be competing in races against biological women.