Will the Olympics Finally Embrace Trans Athletes?

Will the Olympics Finally Embrace Trans Athletes?
The International Olympic Committee will no longer require transgender athletes to undergo gender-reassignment surgery.

Genitals alone don’t affect how fast you can run. Testosterone does.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), which previously required transgender athletes to undergo gender-reassignment surgery in order to compete, is now expected torecognize that distinction by allowing all transgender men to compete in the male category “without restriction” and allowing transgender women to compete in the female category after a year of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

The new recommended guidelines, obtained by Outsports, were developed during a meeting held last November. They are expected to be adopted by the IOC before the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

For transgender endurance athlete Chris Mosier, the policy change won’t send him to Rio but it should allow him to be on Team USA in Spain this summer.

Mosier, a transgender man who was featured by ESPN last October, qualified for competition in the sprint duathlon at the 2016 World Championship this summer but was uncertain whether or not he would be allowed to compete because he has not completed the required gender reassignment surgery, as Outsports reported this month. Read more

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