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Trans woman footballer banned from local team until two years after gender confirmation operation

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  1. “Individuals undergoing gender reassignment after puberty are required to have had the relevant surgical changes completed at least two years previously, as well as hormonal therapy for a sufficient length of time to minimise gender-related advantages in football matches.”

    This makes it sound as if they understand perfectly well that the advantage men have in sports is down to hormones, and that the requirement to have had sex reassignment surgery over two years ago is completely arbitrary. I mean, honestly, how does whether you have a penis or vagina affect your ability to play football?

  2. BlokeToys 9 Dec 2013, 3:14pm

    It seems to me that this is really a battle between “experts”. The FA should present the findings of their own scientific research to confirm that it’s sound and just, otherwise they are confronting one fact with nothing more than a suggested belief.

    I find it suspicious that one doctor in the field is saying that this is unreasonable and proving scientific fact to support her, while the FA (which has a long history of being immature, bigoted and sexist) has a completely different and an as yet unmentioned scientific basis to form their opinion.

    A suspicious person would suggest that the FA has manufactured this two year rule for reasons other than purely practical based on scientific evidence. Could it be that they’re just too immature to confront these issues and would prefer to have someone “hide away” or give up on their sport in that time?

  3. Caroline Jones 9 Dec 2013, 3:28pm

    Denying Aeris Houlihan the right to appeal suggests that the FA doesn’t feel confident about their decision to ban her from playing competitive football. The case could be tested in court, perhaps as a potential breach of the Equality Act 2010. Legal action is expensive, as the Football Association will know.

  4. I would love to know what experts the FA have consulted with. I suspect it’s the expert called “transphobia”
    Not that I’d wish to play footie, I very quickly lost muscle mass and stamina once on hormones. And post op it has got worse for me. So I don’t get this two year post op thing at all. Complete nonsense and it should be tested in court. Trouble with that is, if you’re trying to be low key with your gender status, you sure won’t be after taking on the FA and if the dail hate gets to hear about it. I can just hear that twerp littlejohn saying how dangerous it is for children to watch a trans person playing sport……………

  5. James Campbell 9 Dec 2013, 7:27pm

    “consultations with experts on the subject, as well as guidance from DCMS and the International Olympic Committee”. Well, that settles it really. After all we must listen to the ‘experts’. Apart from the unnamed ones (although most trans people could hazard a guess). The DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) are NOT experts at all, other than parroting ‘policy’ which does not mean they know what they are doing. As for the International Olympic Committee, they know as little about transsexualism as they know about intersex (remember the debacle over Caster Semenya?) I am not surprised that her endocrinologist (a REAL expert) is angry. The last sentence say it all “they are not able to play football in their legally acquired gender”. A trans person’s ‘gender’ is not ‘acquired’ it is congenital. What is legally confirmed is a person’s sex and ‘gender role’ that goes with it..

  6. To be fair on the football team, I don’t think they’re being transphobic – if they were they’d put a lifetime ban on trans players, not just a two year one. I think they’re within their rights to argue that whilst the football player retains an advantage due to having previously been a man she should not be allowed to play

  7. Agree with the FA.

  8. What really gets me is the fact that they KNOW that their policy is outdated. But rather than change that, they allow themselves to be viewed as transphobic. Honestly, I can’t understand how they hope to gain new members. Hell, even the team said that they would be okay with letting her play.

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