Women are fighting back against the trans takeover of sport

Nov 21, 2023 by

by Lauren Smith, spiked:

From pool players to boxers, female athletes are refusing to compete against biological men.

Female athletes are fighting back against the trans takeover of their sports. In the past few months, sports as varied as cycling and angling have faced boycotts and protests from female athletes over their so-called trans inclusion policies. Across the sporting world, more and more women are arriving at the same conclusion – namely, that allowing men to compete in their sports is unfair at best, and downright dangerous at worst.

The latest sportswomen to revolt are professional pool players. The World Eightball Pool Federation and Ultimate Pool Group had previously promised to rewrite their rules on trans inclusion to prevent biological males from competing in women’s competitions. Then, last month, they performed a volte face. They revealed that ‘transgender and nonbinary players will be able to participate’ in future women’s series.

Earlier this month, the tensions between pool’s ‘trans inclusion’ rules and female players came to a head. A British female pool player refused to play a trans opponent during a tournament. Lynne Pinches shook the hand of transwoman Harriet Haynes and walked away from the final match of the Ladies Champions of Champions. In doing so, Pinches forfeited her chance to win a top national title and Haynes ended up winning the competition by default.

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