How Do Transgender Women Have An Advantage in Sports?

People don’t realize just how much hormone replacement therapy changes the body. Trans men are men. Trans women are women. Blair Hamilton explains why the myth of transwomen having an advantage in sports is simply a myth.

“It does take away your muscle mass, your explosiveness. Your ratios from type-one to type-two fast-twitch fibres change — your body completely changes. I don’t think they realise how much of a change hormone therapy makes,” Hamilton, who said she knew she was transgender since she was four years old, explained.” — PinkNews

All of these people that think transgender people gain advantages are being ignorant. They are stuck in their bigotry, and using most peoples’ lack of education as a way to make people believe they’re right.

They’re not right at all. Transgender people do not have an advantage when it comes to sports.

However, when you make a trans person participate with the gender they were born as, trans women will have a disadvantage and trans men will have an advantage.

Trans women will have a disadvantage against men because they’ve lost that muscle mass. Hormone Replacement Therapy changes the body in countless ways.

Trans men grow a beard, their shoulders get broader, their muscle mass increases, and many more things change. For transwomen, HRT does the exact opposite.

Saying Trans women have an advantage when they’re playing in women’s leagues is propaganda and a way to keep them from playing.

Saying trans men are still not really men is also propaganda and is used to keep them out and prevent them from playing in the leagues they belong in.

“There is absolutely no advantage on the pitch.” — Blair Hamilton

Blair Hamilton isn’t the only transwoman who has come to the defense of other transwomen playing in women’s sport leagues. Natilie Washington also spoke out against the stupid myth.

“Yesterday my football team containing two trans women lost 5–1 twice to a team containing no trans women, so you can take your trans advantage and shove it.” — Natilie Washington, football player for Rushmoore Ladies in Hampshire

People are using sports as another way to isolate the transgender community.

They don’t want to let us play in the right leagues because it’ll help people realize that we’re just like them. They want us to remain outsiders. They don’t want to let us in their communities because then we’ll become one of them and they just can’t handle it. Their ignorant bigotry won’t let them tolerate it. So they fight to keep us out.

Meanwhile there are many talented trans athletes who only want to play and be a part of something. Most of them are young and desperate to find somewhere to belong.

Imagine playing a sport you’re in love with your whole life just to be shoved out into the cold when you try to join a team or a semi — pro league. How would that make you feel? How would being barred from playing just because of who you are make you feel?

This is why I never played sports. I wanted to play basketball in middle school, but I didn’t dare step foot in that gym on tryout day. I was terrified of what would happen and how much bullying I’d have to endure — and I wasn’t even out as transgender then.

This is the reason I write Anomaly.

Kris is a young transman fighting for the right to be on his high school basketball teams. Just like any other trans person trying to play on the right team, he faces discrimination and bullying. However, he keeps fighting.

He earns a spot on the team just to be outcast and bullied more by his teammates. He almost quits, but he made a friend on the team. The two of them ball when they’re on the court together. They look like they could be brothers the way they always know where the other one is going and what they’re thinking.

I wrote Kris’ story to inspire trans people to fight for themselves and to never settle for less than they deserve. I write to shed light on what it’s really like to be trans. I write so LGBTQ people have representation in novels just like everyone else does.

Everyone deserves to have some books they can see themselves in. Everyone deserves to believe in a happy ending. Everyone deserves hope. I write to give both young and older LGBTQ members all of those things.

Transgender people deserve to be treated like everyone else, because we’re really not different.

Some people are born into the right bodies, and others have to fight to get theirs. Our distinctive journeys make us strong. Trans people love just like everyone else. They laugh, cry, sleep, eat, and shop just like everyone else. We have hobbies and dreams. We’re not different than anyone else.

You don’t treat cancer patients different. You don’t treat someone with a broken arm or leg differently. You don’t treat people with mental illnesses or chronic illnesses different(not as much as you used to). So why can’t you accept transgender people and the rest of the LGBTQ community and treat us like you treat everyone else.

Is that so hard to do?

Personally, I think it takes way less energy to just accept people as they are than to spend your invaluable time trying to make their lives miserable — especially when they’re not affecting your life at all.