Outrage has gripped the Irish sporting world after an ‘LGBT’ women’s football team with a trans player beat their opponents in the final by 8 goals.
A so-called LGBT women’s soccer team, which included at least one trans player, sparked outrage after winning the final of a competition by beating their opponents by a devastating eight-goal margin.
The event has now caused significant controversy in the Irish sporting world at a time when many sporting bodies have put in place bans on male-born transgender players from competing in women’s competitions.
According to a report from Irish IndependentPro-LGBT Gaelic football team Na Gaeil Aeracha swept Na Fianna Women’s E team in the Dublin Junior J Shield football final.
The Na Fianna coach reportedly approached the referee before the game to inquire about the presence of the transgender player, who the publication names Italian national Giulia Valentino.
The match official also reportedly stopped the game after the first break in play to tell Na Gaeil Aeracha captain that there was “a problem with your number 21”. [player]» and that « the player is a man ».
The captain allegedly told the referee that Valentino was a transsexual, but the referee replied that “it’s the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association”.
Despite his own protests, however, the game appears to have gone on with Valentino’s intermittent presence, with Na Gaeil Aeracha reportedly claiming the win with an eight-goal lead – an improvement on Arsenal’s four-goal win. team in the semi-finals. final game.
The Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association – the official body which regulates the conduct of women’s Gaelic football matches – has since announced that it is developing a policy regarding the presence of transgender athletes in matches.
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According to Irish Independent report, Valentino has had a history of being an “outspoken supporter for transgender people being allowed to play sports in the gender they choose.”
The former rugby player, who moved to GAA after an injury, was also reportedly keen to play in a women’s sport “because of its sisterhood, validation and political visibility; as a trans woman, these things are very important to me”.
However, while Valentino may be keen to play both with and against women, many sports bodies have since proven to be much less fond of the idea, with some banning transgender people from playing in women’s games.
For example, international matchmaking bodies for the Rugby League and Rugby Union have banned transgender women from playing women’s rugby, with both bodies citing concerns for player welfare.
“Transgender women cannot currently play women’s rugby,” reads a post on the World Rugby website. “Why? Because of the size, strength and power production benefits conferred by testosterone during puberty and adolescence, and the resulting risks to players’ well-being.
The post also notes that some have argued that testosterone suppression could be used to allow trans players to compete by removing their benefits, but the body has adamantly rejected this.
“Research contradicts this, consistently showing that total mass, muscle mass, and/or strength are reduced by at most 5% to 10% when testosterone is suppressed to levels in the female range, for a period of 12 month”, the body writes.
“With the added factor of training, before or during the testosterone suppression period, it is expected that baseline/pre levels of these variables will be higher, and training will mitigate the decline in these variables with the reduction in testosterone.”
“The implication is that, given the magnitude of biological differences before testosterone suppression, this relatively small effect of testosterone reduction allows substantial and significant differences to remain,” the website continues.
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