Megan Rapinoe, co-captain of the United States Women’s National Team at the 2019 World Cup, spoke about transgender inclusion in women’s sports during an extensive interview
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US star Megan Rapinoe has made it clear that she is “100% in favor” of trans inclusion in women’s sports, suggesting that those who debate the issue have viewed it the wrong way.
The veteran, who co-captain the United States Women’s National Team in 2019 as they won a second straight World Cup, has been a strong voice on a number of social justice issues. She was one of the greatest champions of gender equality in sport, including fighting for equal pay for international men’s and women’s teams, and a lifelong advocate for trans rights.
Rapinoe’s comments come after trans cyclist Emily Bridges spoke about the physical threats that have come to her since Prime Minister Boris Johnson made comments about trans athletes. The footballer called on people to take a step back and tried to bust the myth while speaking out amid trans legislation in a number of US states.
“I am 100% in favor of trans inclusion,” Rapinoe said. TIME. “People don’t know much about it. We lack almost everything.
“Frankly, I think what a lot of people know are right-wing versions of the talking points because they’re very loud. They’re very consistent and relentless.
“At the highest level there is regulation. In collegiate sports there is regulation. And at the Olympic and professional level. whatever.”
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Rapinoe has rarely avoided political questions, regularly taking aim at former US President Donald Trump. However, his latest comments come as states, including Texas, push for new laws relating to trans youth.
“Show me the proof that trans women are taking everyone’s purses, dominating in every sport, winning every title,” said OL captain Reign. “I’m sorry, that just doesn’t happen.
“So we have to start with inclusion, period. And as things come up, I’m confident we can figure it out. But we can’t start with the opposite. It’s cruel. And frankly, it’s just disgusting.
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“So we really need to take a step back and understand what we’re really talking about here because people’s lives are at risk. Children’s lives are at risk with suicide rates, depression rates and negative mental health and addictions .
“We put everything by G od prohibit a trans person from succeeding in sport. Hold on to reality and take a step back.”
Rapinoe’s comments follow another opinion piece for the Washington Post in 2021, during which she advocated for trans inclusion and spoke about “real threats” to women’s sport, including funding issues and unequal pay.
“I’m all for addressing the real threats to women’s sport,” she tweeted while sharing the post. “Let’s start with #EqualPay, and don’t exclude trans kids who just want to play the sport they love. #LetKidsPlay #TransRightsAreHumanRights.”