A Canadian transgender athlete has been vigorously defending her right to compete against women for many years now and she certainly isn't going to be stopping any time soon.
Here's the full story...
The argument surrounding transgender athletes has been debated for quite some time now...
Because ever since the Olympics allowed trans athletes to compete in 2016, there has been a solid divide in opinion over the matter.
While many are supportive of the inclusion of transgender athletes...
It is often slammed for being unfair towards other athletes competing in the sport.
The subject of transgender female athletes is certainly the most debated...
Hi Daniel, you can abuse me all you like but facts matter.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 17, 2020
a) I support fairness & equality for all trans people.
b) Allowing trans women athletes to compete against women born to female biological bodies is inarguably unfair, unequal & dangerous. https://t.co/shAPFFFXIA
With people like Piers Morgan arguing that female trans athletes have an "unfair advantage" due to the fact they were born with a male anatomy, consisting of testosterone and other male hormones that increase strength and stamina.
It has been argued that their competitors don't "stand a chance"...
I know this won't be popular but athletes born female cannot possibly compete on a level playing field with someone born male.— Emma Louisa J 💕🥂🍾 (@Emmalouisajones) February 26, 2020
It's ludicrous and totally unfair to allow this to happen imo.
And there's a high number of people out there who feel transgender athletes shouldn't be allowed to compete because of this thought.
For instance, professional MMA fighter Ronda Rousey refused to fight trans fighter Fallon Fox in 2014.
"I feel like if you go through puberty as a man it's something that you can't really reverse. You can't just reverse that, there's no undo button on that. That's, unfortunately, her scenario," she said of her decision.
And New Zealand transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, faced a lot of criticism after she won a gold medal at the Pacific Games.
New Zealand-based lobby group, "Speak Up For Women," which advocates that sport must be categorized by sex rather than gender identity, called on the country's Olympic committee and sports minister to "defend women's sport."
"Kiwis (New Zealanders) know that males competing in women's sport is blatantly unfair," the group's spokesperson Ani O'Brien harshly said.
Nevertheless, transgender athletes are allowed to compete here in the United States...
And transgender girls are now allowed to participate in sports that match their gender identity at schools and colleges across the country.
And as for Canada?
Well, trans athletes are only allowed to compete if they meet the requirements of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program.
Transgender student-athletes, like other U Sports athletes, are given 5 years of eligibility to compete and may only represent one gender of sports team per school year.
But one Canadian trans athlete has been dominating headlines in the last few years...
And it's all over her fight for equality when it comes to competing against other women.
Dr. Veronica Ivy, who is formally known as Rachel McKinnon, is a transgender woman...
And she is also a world champion cyclist.
Veronica works as an athlete's rights expert alongside competing...
But of course, she is a woman who has stirred a lot of debate over the last few years.
In 2019, she set a new world record in qualifying for the thirty-five to thirty-nine age category 200-meter sprint at the Master's Track Cycling World Championships...
And she went on to defend her title, completely smashing her competitors out of the park.
This, of course, caused outrage among the other athletes who were competing in the same sport.
In an interview with Sky News, former cycling champion Victoria Hood said:
"It is not complicated. The science is there and it says that it is unfair. The male body, which has been through male puberty, still retains its advantage; that doesn't go away. I have sympathy with them. They have the right to do sport but not a right to go into any category they want."
Jennifer Wagner-Assali, who took a bronze medal behind Veronica in 2019, also voiced her concerns.
"It was an unfair race, and I accepted that when I pinned on the number, and I tried to do my best to overcome the unfairness. I do feel that hard-fought freedoms for women's sport are being eroded."
But Veronica has always stood firmly for what she believes in...
And thats her right, as a transgender woman, to compete in the sport she loves so dearly.
Speaking to Sky News about the backlash shortly after winning her title, she explained that she is both legally and medically a female.
"Preventing trans women from competing or requiring them to take medication is denying their human rights."— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 18, 2019
World Champion cyclist @rachelvmckinnon defends her right to race as a trans woman despite saying 'it's possible' to have an advantage.
More here: https://t.co/U8Qqgs4yXE pic.twitter.com/BT3gThHtkZ
"All my medical records say, female," she said, "My doctor treats me as a female person, my racing license says female, but people who oppose my existence still want to think of me as male.
"There's a stereotype that men are always stronger than women, so people think there is an unfair advantage. By preventing trans women from competing or requiring them to take medication, you're denying their human rights."
She has consistently defended herself...
And she now holds a huge following and gains tonnes of support every time she argues for her rights to compete.
And more recently, Veronica has decided to defend her right even more by proving she can be beaten by her competitors.
As reported by BroScience, the athlete said:
"I don't believe I am a world champion because I am a trans woman, I put in the work and again we have to remember I lose most of my races. I have lost against the women that complain about me being unfair."
"If you want to say, 'I believe you are a woman for all of society except for this massive central park which is sports', then that's not fair. So fairness is the inclusion of trans women."
So there you have it!
Do you think Veronica has a right to compete against other women? Or do you think she is at the biological advantage that has been argued by her competitors?