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Charities blast Caitlyn Jenner’s trans women in girls’ sports comments

Caitlyn Jenner has sparked backlash after stating trans girls shouldn’t compete in girls’ sports teams (Picture: AP)

Mermaids and Stonewall have condemned Caitlyn Jenner’s controversial stance of opposing trans girls competing in girls’ sports teams. 

Former Olympian Caitlyn, who came out as trans in 2015, declared athletes who are born male shouldn’t be able to compete in girls’ sports competitions and later doubled down on her opinions on social media. 

 ‘I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school,’ she told TMZ. ‘It just isn’t fair, and we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.’ 

‘It’s an issue of fairness and we need to protect girls’ sports in our schools,’ she tweeted. 

Mermaids, a UK charity that supports gender variant and transgender youth, expressed its ‘disappointment’ in Caitlyn’s remarks. 

Verity, the charity’s sports inclusion lead, exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘There’s a lot of lack of information and scaremongering in the press [with trans issues] and again, this has pushed this back even further with a trans person saying this without any information. 

Charities have hit out at Caitlyn’s ‘disappointing’ comments (Picture: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

‘Kids just want to play with their peers and be supported and be the same as anybody else.’ 

A statement shared on Mermaid’s Twitter page added: ‘Disappointing to hear that Caitlyn Jenner has used her platform and privilege to push back against supporting trans inclusion in sport for trans youth. 

‘As someone with a trans history and sporting background she should know the facts.  

‘We need positive role models and education not exclusion and lazy scaremongering. Sport is for everyone.  

‘Become active about inclusion and support positive change for trans kids in sport. Trans youth are not to be used for political gain.’ 

LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall also said its imperative that trans children feel they are included within the world of sport, not excluded. 

Eloise Stonborough, Associate Director Policy & Research, Stonewall said: ‘Sport has the power to bring people together and it should be open to everyone, including trans people. The reality is that many trans people still feel unwelcome, or even actively excluded from playing sports and no out trans athlete has ever made it to the Olympics. 

‘For young trans people, this discussion around their right to participate sends a deeply alarming message that they have no place in sport.  

‘Sport is great for health, wellbeing and friendship, and no child should feel like they have to miss out on this. To help make sport everyone’s game, we need to make sure trans people feel included and are able to compete, in any sport and at any level.’ 

Many people have spoken out against Caitlyn’s comments, however Piers Morgan publicly supported her and branded her ‘courageous’ for speaking out. 

‘Good for her,’ he penned. ‘Courageous and correct. If anyone understands how unfair it is, then it’s surely @Caitlyn_Jenner. 

‘Yet she will be new be destroyed by the trans lobby for stating the obvious.’ 

Piers Morgan supported Caitlyn’s comments (Picture: Rex)

Caitlyn’s comments come as multiple states move towards banning transgender girls and women from playing in public sports teams 

Last month, politicians in Alabama and North Dakota approved bans on transgender women and girls from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity. 

They joined a series of Republican-led states in having introduced bills critics describe as being anti-trans, including laws designed to ban gender-confirming surgery for transgender youths. 

In April, Arkansas became the first US state to outlaw gender-affirming medical treatments or surgery for minors. 

Those who back restrictions on transgender women in sports say they are essential to maintain fair competition for female athletes, while critics argue they unfairly target the transgender community and are not based on science. 

Elliot Page described the wave of bills targeting the transgender community in the US as ‘upsetting, cruel and exhausting’. 

Elliot, who came out as transgender in December, urged his social media followers to call politicians and voice their opposition to the legislation. 

‘As I watch the movement of these bills attacking trans youth across the US, especially this week in Florida, Alabama, Texas and North Dakota, I am thinking of my trans siblings and the collective pain that our community must endure to battle again and again for our right to exist,’ they said in April. 

‘These bills are upsetting, cruel and exhausting.’ 

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