As Twitchy told you, tennis legend Martina Navratilova recently came under fire for saying that transgender women are “cheating” when they compete in women’s sports.
And now, Athlete Ally, where Navratilova has served as both an advisory board member and “Athlete Ally Ambassador,” has dropped her like a hot potato:
Navratilova’s recent comments are transphobic, based on a false data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people. She has been removed from our Advisory Board and as an Athlete Ally Ambassador, effective immediately. https://t.co/A1taa40ihv
— Athlete Ally (@AthleteAlly) February 19, 2019
From their statement:
Athlete Ally unequivocally stands on the side of trans athletes and their right to access and compete in sport free from discrimination. Martina Navratilova’s recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people through discriminatory laws, hateful stereotypes and disproportionate violence. As an organization dedicated to addressing root causes of homophobia and transphobia in and through sport, we will only affiliate with those committed to the same goal, and not those who further misinformation or discrimination in any way. Given this, Navratilova has been removed from our Advisory Board and as an Athlete Ally Ambassador, effective immediately.
This is not the first time we have approached Martina on this topic. In late December, she made deeply troubling comments across her social media channels about the ability for trans athletes to compete in sport. We reached out directly offering to be a resource as she sought further education, and we never heard back.
We believe that growth is possible, and we extend once again to Martina the invitation to learn from this experience, to study the data on trans athletes in sport, and to examine how statements like hers further stigma and discrimination.
The LGBTQ community is not a monolith. We must always leave space to learn from one another, and to grow. If we fail to do so, we are not only failing our goal to advance LGBTQ equality as a whole, but failing to live up to the core of our potential as human beings who believe all of us deserve a place in sports and in this world.
Well, they believe “all of us deserve a place in sports and in this world” — unless you happen to point out that men and women aren’t biologically interchangeable. In that case, screw you. Your only hope is to be re-educated into submission.
That'll learn her. https://t.co/v40eC07fjp
— David Edward ❔ (@_David_Edward) February 20, 2019
You're not allowed to have an opinion, even if you're a lesbian and expert on athletic competition https://t.co/TPK1w6whrr
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) February 20, 2019
Evidence of our modern lunacy:
Martina Navratilova has to sit on the naughty chair for suggesting that ex-men shouldn’t be allowed to compete against women in sport. Athlete Ally “reached out” and offered to help educate her… as if she’s the dumb one.#progressive pic.twitter.com/iKrSJ92efD
— Jason Shaw (@jasonmshaw_) February 20, 2019
Uh oh, she dared to say something completely reasonable and so must now be ostracised. The most worrying aspect is the attempt by certain trans activist groups to rewrite science to suit them, and "re-educate" those who dare stray from the dogma. https://t.co/jlW0VGAsmA
— Cambridge Centrist (@CantabCentrist) February 20, 2019
Martina is expected to visit the re-education camp shortly.
— Johnpaul Quinlan (@Gnomosapien) February 20, 2019
How dare the greatest female tennis player of all-time imply that biological men would have an advantage over women in professional sports? Destroy her! Take away her records! Send her to the gulag! pic.twitter.com/ZPMtRyTRoY
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) February 20, 2019
One of the pioneers of the LGBTQ movement is kicked off the board of a prominent LGBTQ organization. Why? Because she expressed her opinion.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 20, 2019
You can never be woke enough
— Wall Street Football (@WallStFootball) February 20, 2019