Bad sports

One of the key tactics of anti-trans obsessives is to push the narrative that trans people are an existential threat to women’s sports, and the narrative is working. In fact, it’s working so well that a cisgender mother of four was subject to hateful abuse when she won a half-marathon in Exeter at the weekend because she didn’t look cisgender enough for the bigots.

“I am a mum of four, a GP and I run for fun. Being told I look just like a man and don’t conform to the ideals of being a female is upsetting enough but being called abusive names and threatened is awful. No need to do that to any individual, ever, no matter what you believe.”

But as this powerful and sad Washington Post piece demonstrates, anti-trans bigots believe that they are perfectly entitled to abuse trans or suspected trans athletes; the cruelty is the point.

Such extreme reactions represent more than overflowing passion. The topic of transgender sports inclusion is not isolated to fair play. Conservative politicians have used it as an emotional thruway to a sweeping anti-trans movement that seeks to erode fundamental human decency. The right to play is simply an opening act. The right to exist is the discriminating headliner.

As I’ve pointed out many times before, the “save women’s sports” controversy was manufactured and openly workshopped by anti-feminist, anti-LGBTQ+ figures from the US evangelical right seven years ago as part of a “divide and conquer” strategy to weaken and destroy the LGBTQ+ community.