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Trans bans might be defended as unavoidable from the point of view of fairness. But for inclusion they’re a tragedy

Eamonn Sweeney


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‘Fina’s decision can be seen in part as an attempt to foil Lia Thomas’s bid to qualify for the 2024 Olympics.’ Photo by Kathryn Riley / Getty

‘Fina’s decision can be seen in part as an attempt to foil Lia Thomas’s bid to qualify for the 2024 Olympics.’ Photo by Kathryn Riley / Getty

‘Fina’s decision can be seen in part as an attempt to foil Lia Thomas’s bid to qualify for the 2024 Olympics.’ Photo by Kathryn Riley / Getty

The controversy over trans women’s participation in women’s sport is only partly about sport. For the most fervent partisans on either side of the debate sport is merely incidental to the much bigger issues at stake.

For trans rights’ campaigners, establishing the core principle that trans women are women matters more than the destination of a few medals. On the other hand, opponents see the question of trans women in women’s sport as a handy wedge issue with which to garner support for opposition to trans rights in other areas.


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