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Fan’s Voice: Transgenders in Women’s Sports

“I’m not saying transgender girls are going to take over women’s sports. I’m saying that the law protects girls and women, and they shouldn’t have to compete against someone who has an immutable testosterone-based advantage.” — Donna Lopiano, former chief executive of the Women’s Sports Foundation and longtime Title IX advocate

“There’s not really any sound body of evidence that speaks to the advantage that testosterone confers. When you take a look at some of the studies that have been done on transgender females in terms of their athletic ability, it overlaps with the range that you would find in cisgender women. There is no body of evidence to suggest that there is an advantage.” — Dr. Vinny Chulani, Director of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Adolescent Medicine Program and practitioner in the field of LGBTQ+ care


When the Olympic Games get underway in Tokyo next week, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will make history as the first openly transgender athlete to complete in the Olympics.

“I think even 10 years ago the world perhaps wasn’t ready for an athlete like myself – and perhaps it is not ready now, she has said. “But I got the sense at least that people were willing to consider me for these competitions and it seemed like the right time to put the boots on and hit the platform.”

Not everyone approves. The idea of allowing transgenders to compete in women’s sports continues to evoke impassioned arguments from both sides of the issue. And today, our ESPN Honolulu “Fan’s Voice” question tackles this very subject.


Head over to our ESPN Honolulu Facebook page and share your opinion today! Just click HERE.

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