Rapinoe calls bans on transgender athletes from competition “disgusting” and “cruel”

U.S. Soccer star Megan Rapinoe says she supports the inclusion of transgender athletes in competition in a new interview with Time Magazine.

“I think people also need to understand that sports is not the most important thing in life, right? Life is the most important thing in life,” Rapinoe said.

“We’re talking about kids. We’re talking about people’s lives. We’re talking about the entire state government coming down on one child in some states, three children in some states,” she continued. “They are committing suicide, because they are being told that they’re gross and different and evil and sinful, and they can’t play sports with their friends that they grew up with. Not to mention trying to take away health care. I think it’s monstrous.”

Rapinoe argued that barring them from competing is “cruel” and “disgusting,” Time reported.

“Show me the evidence that trans women are taking everyone’s scholarships, are dominating in every sport, are winning every title. I’m sorry, it’s just not happening. So we need to start from inclusion, period,” she argued. “And as things arise, I have confidence that we can figure it out. But we can’t start at the opposite. That is cruel. And frankly, it’s just disgusting.”

Sunday, the AP tweeted:

World swimming’s governing body has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events.

FINA members voted 71.5% in favor of a policy that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events.

James Pearce, who speaks for  FINA’s President told the AP “This is not saying that people are encouraged to transition by the age of 12. It’s what the scientists are saying, that if you transition after the start of puberty, you have an advantage, which is unfair.”

“They’re not saying everyone should transition by age 11, that’s ridiculous. You can’t transition by that age in most countries and hopefully you wouldn’t be encouraged to. Basically, what they’re saying is that it is not feasible for people who have transitioned to compete without having an advantage,” he added.