Cyclist Rachel McKinnon criticizes Paula Radcliffe for her attitude to transgender athletes

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World champion trans cyclist Rachel McKinnon has called out the former long-distance runner who had said that transgender people should not have had space in the elite sport. The cyclist accuses the runner of scaring people with no rational basis for it when Radcliffe said that giving trans women space in female elite sports would leave cis female athletes unprotected. However, McKinnon, who became the first transgender woman to win a world cycling title in October, said that Radcliffe had ignored factual evidence instead of relying on opinions, because all opinions are subjective and they cannot serve as a basis for limiting other people’s rights. She also accused the ex-runner of not recognizing trans women as legally women and of forgetting about that fact that they are allowed to compete in female Olympic teams since 2003. “The very idea that we must ‘protect’ cis women’s—or ‘female’—sport from trans women, who are legally female, too, is an irrational fear of trans women, which is the dictionary definition of transphobia,” she concluded.

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