A biological male who identifies as a transgender woman won a women’s world championship cycling event on Sunday.
Rachel McKinnon, a professor at the College of Charleston, won the women’s sprint 35-39 age bracket at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles.
McKinnon, representing Canada, bested Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands and American cyclist Jennifer Wagner to take home the gold.
McKinnon celebrated the victory on Twitter, writing: “First transgender woman world champion…ever.”
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McKinnon in January was quoted in USA Today arguing against requiring biological males to suppress testosterone as a requirement for competing against women. (RELATED: High-School Boy Wins All-State Honors In Girls Track And Field)
“We cannot have a woman legally recognized as a trans woman in society, and not be recognized that way in sports,” McKinnon told USA Today.
“Focusing on performance advantage is largely irrelevant because this is a rights issue. We shouldn’t be worried about trans people taking over the Olympics. We should be worried about their fairness and human rights instead.”
McKinnon also compared restrictions on biological males competing in women’s events to racial segregation. This is bigger than sports, and it’s about human rights,” McKinnon said to USA Today.
“By catering to cisgender people’s views, that furthers transgender people’s oppression. When it comes to extending rights to a minority population, why would we ask the majority? I bet a lot of white people were pissed off when we desegregated sports racially and allowed black people. But they had to deal with it.”
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I don't really follow women's sports, so I don't really care whether transgender women win all the women's events and take all the records, which they eventually will, except possibly for uneven parallel bars.
The solution is simple. Drop the appellation of men's and women's sports, and use X and Y instead. If you have a Y chromosome, you compete against only people who also have Y chromosomes, and people with only X chromosomes compete against other people with only X chromosomes. This even works with people who have XXY, XYY and XXX chromosomes. We don't need to know what you identify as.
Admittedly, it's a bit of a nuisance to have to check chromosomes, so at lower levels of competition, it make sense to go on the honor system, and only perform actual chromosome identification and counts in disputed cases.