The participation of transgender women against biological females athletes has sparked heated debate over fairness and protecting the integrity of women’s sports.
Transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas’ participation in NCAA women’s swimming during the 2021-22 season sparked a growing debate over the fairness of transgender women competing against biological females.
A victory this week by transgender golfer Breanna Gill at the Australian Women’s Classic had added more fuel to the debate.
Gill, a biological male who has been playing in professional women’s tournaments for eight years, was eager to celebrate her first win at the classic when death threats started rolling in. After her victory, Gill reportedly received numerous hate messages across her social media accounts. As a result, she deleted her Twitter and Instagram profiles.
“It’s the biggest win of her life. It’s really sad that she can’t celebrate that win,” WPGA Tour of Australasia chief Karen Lunn told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Lunn also told The Sydney Morning Herald that the hateful tweets from the WPGA Tour of Australasia account were deleted for the sake of Gill’s well-being. It also appears the WPGA Tour of Australasia currently has their tweets protected.
Some of the online criticism of Gill’s win accused Gill of “taking away a woman’s spot” iin the championship win.
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