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Out Sports editor speaks out against Martina Navratilova: ‘Still a transphobe’

Out Sports editor speaks out against Martina Navratilova: ‘Still a transphobe’

Managing editor of Out Sports, Dawn Ennis, with a tweet she made about Martina Navratilova

Trans Out Sports managing editor Dawn Ennis has spoken out against tennis star Martina Navratilova.

‘Martina Navratilova is still a transphobe,’ she tweeted today (19 February).

Gay tennis star Martina Navratilova incited debate after calling for trans women to be banned in women’s sports.

The gay tennis legend has sided with those that claim trans people have an ‘unfair advantage’.

‘The rules on trans athletes reward cheats and punish the innocent,’ she wrote in the Sunday Times.

‘I’m #trans, I’m not a man, get used to it!’

Twitter users flocked to support Ennis.

‘TELL IT!’ one wrote.

Another said: ‘Solidarity, Dawn. Could not agree with you more.’

Significantly, Ennis ended her tweet powerfully: ‘I’m #trans, I’m not a man, get used to it!’

‘For me, that is unthinkable.’

Critics have labelled Navratilova a TERF for her comments.

‘Simply reducing hormone levels — the prescription most sports have adopted — does not solve the problem,’ she said.

‘A man builds up muscle and bone density, as well as a greater number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, from childhood.

‘Training increases the discrepancy.

‘Indeed, if a male were to change gender in such a way as to eliminate any accumulated advantage, he would have to begin hormone treatment before puberty.

‘For me, that is unthinkable.’

See also:

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Caster Semenya fights to compete without reducing her testosterone levels

Martina Navratilova tweets (and then deletes) rant about trans athletes