An LGBTQ organization announced Tuesday that it was breaking ties with tennis legend Martina Navratilova, following his comments about trans athletes.
Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization whose mission is "to put an end to homophobia and transphobia in sport and to ensure that the sport community takes its leadership role in defending equality LGBTQ, "said they removed the great tennis from its organization and its advisory council.
The group said that Navratilova's recent claims in an editorial she had written for the Sunday Times about trans athletes were "transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and [perpetuated] dangerous myths that lead to the permanent targeting of transgender people through discriminatory laws, hateful stereotypes and disproportionate violence ".
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The 18-time singles winner at the Grand Slam has been criticized for stating that it would be "cheating" to allow transgender women to compete in women's sporting events because of "unfair physical benefits," the report said. BBC.
"A man can decide to be a woman, take hormones at the request of any sports organization, win everything and maybe earn a small fortune, then cancel his decision and start making babies again. if he wishes, "she writes. .
"It's crazy and it's cheating," she continued. "I'm happy to talk to a transgender woman in the form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete with her. It would not be fair.
The tennis star of Czech origin, considered one of the greatest tennis players in the history of sports, advocates for gay rights after its release in the 1980s, reported the ESPN agency. After Navratilova became one of the first openly gay athletes in the world, the tennis star claimed to have suffered personal abuse.
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"She has spent a large part of her career overcoming prejudices and stereotypes and giving away millions of dollars in endorsement and sponsorship because of her insistence on leading an honest and honest life," says Navratilova's personal website.
Athlete Ally said it was not the first time that they "approached Martina about it".
"Late in December, she made deeply disturbing comments on her social networks about the ability of transsexual athletes to compete in the sport," said athlete Ally in a statement. "We directly offered to become a resource while she was looking to continue her education, and we never heard from her."
Navratilova did not immediately react to his abandonment by the organization.