A transsexual woman has defended trans participation in women’s sports as the issue garnered national prominence.
Just days after Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended NSW candidate Katherine Daves for anti-trans comments, a trans woman in Queensland says the uproar overlooks the real issue at play
Emily Wells of Mount Isa won the Queensland Rural Trans Activist of the Year in 2020 for breaking the stigma in the region and in a letter to the ACM she said that trans women have been participating in women’s sport at the Olympic level since 1976 and at the Olympic level since 2004. have been
“Only a few are playing the women’s sport at the amateur level and only one at the professional level,” Ms Wells said in her letter.
“The current federal election debate that argues that trans women are a threat to fairness and equality in the women’s sport is not only transphobic, the argument is also built on an illusion.”
Ms Wells said the women’s sport is not equal and fair, but not because of trans women.
“We already face discrimination in many areas of our daily lives and while our prime minister uses us as his cannon fodder in this election, public debate tends to despise and ignore the real threats to women’s sport. is,” she said.
Ms Wells said those threats were equal access to competitive opportunities for women, equal investment in women’s sports, equal access to coaching and administrative opportunities for women, levels of sexual harassment and abuse, and equal pay at the professional level.
“If voters want to fight for equality in the women’s game in this election, they should not be distracted,” she said.
“Ask local candidates what they will do to ensure that women’s sports have equal access, equal investment, equal representation, an end to sexual abuse, and equal pay at a professional level.”
Ms Wells said trans women make up less than 0.3% of the Australian population and the threat to women’s sport is negligible.
“This election could be focused on harassing trans women, or on bringing real change to the women’s game,” she said.
His views, however, were not shared by Queensland MP Robbie Cater, who entered the debate on Thursday.
Mr Cater has promised to introduce legislation in the Queensland parliament to ban trans women from participating in women’s sports if the “corrosive, unfair and wakeful” trend is not outlawed by the next federal parliament.
“Biological men competing in the women’s sport is not only unfair, it’s ridiculous,” said Mr. Cater.
“Most people think it and most are afraid to say it. I don’t.
“If the next federal parliament doesn’t outlaw all this nonsense and prevent sport in Australia from going down the wakeful and corrosive path in America, I am committed to testing public opinion on this issue by introducing a Private Member’s Bill in Queensland . Parliament.”