Martina Navratilova is quite outspoken in her opposition to trans women competing with cis women and she chastised disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong who shared her views on the subject.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the competition between trans women and women, because being born male gives you, biologically and factually, a competitive advantage over cis women. This topic is not yet completely well understood, as the amount of benefits could depend on how quickly a person makes the transition.
There’s been proof of this as a few trans women have recently completely dominated the sport against regular cis women, sort of proving that it’s a thing. Even biologically speaking, there are differences in musculature that allow trans women to produce better results than cis women. Regardless, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong shared his views on the matter on Twitter:
“Of all the controversial and polarizing topics that exist today, I’m not sure there’s one as hot as trans athletes in sports. Isn’t there a world in which we can support the transgender community and be curious about fairness for trans athletes in sport without being called transphobic or bigoted when we ask questions? Do we know the answers yet? And do we even want to know the answers?”
Navratilova reprimanded the cyclist with her response:
“A natal male who cheated in sports is going to talk to a natal male to talk about other natal males competing in natal female sports. Got it. I’m sure Lance will fix it.”
She has been very outspoken about her views on the subject, which has earned her some hate from people supporting the trans movement. She explained that she has no problem with trans people, but that there is a competitive advantage that is not fair and that she is against it as an athlete and a woman first and foremost.