Pro-LGBTQ organization Athlete Ally has dropped lesbian tennis icon Martina Navratilova from its advisory board after the 18-time Grand Slam champion wrote an anti-trans op-ed in London's Sunday Times, Sports Illustrated reported.
Navratilova criticized the rules regarding transgender women in athletics in her op-ed and called their participation in female events "cheating and unfair."
"Athlete Ally unequivocally stands on the side of trans athletes and their right to access and compete in sport free from discrimination," Athlete Ally said in a statement. "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."
However, some people have spoken out in support of Navratilova.Billie Jean King, another legendary lesbian tennis player, tweeted, "@Martina has long been an LGBTQ champion. I know she cares deeply for the transgender community. However, instead of conjecture, let's listen to the science behind transgender women competing fairly in women's sports. Science is the true arbiter." Navratilova retweeted this post, saying, "Thanks Billie!"
The Sports Illustrated article is at www.si.com/tennis/2019/02/20/martina-navratilova-athlete-ally-transphobic-comments-lgbtq-op-ed .