Trans golfer Mianne Bagger, who made history as the first transgender woman to compete at a professional golf tournament in 2004, has thrown her support behind a bill that bans trans athletes from competing in female sports.
Bagger, who surgically transitioned in 1995, said that men who identify by women, but still retain their original genital organs should not be competing with women.
“These days, [the dynamic] has crept into what’s called self ID or self identification: male-bodied people presenting as women, who live as women, with varying degrees of medical intervention and in some degrees, no medical intervention, which is just — it’s crossed the line, in my view, it really has … It’s a slap in the face to women,” Bagger remarked.
The Australian bill she is backing is similar to the “Save Women’s Sports Act,” which was passed in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, to prevent transgender girls from participating in biological girls’ and women’s sports.
While Bagger maintains that society should be inclusive and give trans people “equal access to life and services and work,” the same doesn’t apply to athletics.
“In sport? It’s different. Sport is about physical ability. It’s not just about discrimination, it’s not just about equality and equal access,” she said. “It is a physical ability. Now, if you’ve got one group — males — that are on average stronger, taller, faster, as opposed to women, there has to be a divide. There has to be a division.”
She slammed the International Olympic Committee’s trans-inclusion policy, which no longer requires athletes to get gender reassignment surgery to qualify as the opposite sex and reduced the period of hormone therapy from two years to one.
“Which is obviously utter rubbish. Anyone with any basic understanding on biology and the difference between men and women knows it’s ridiculous. It’s male puberty that really grants boys and men that physical performance in sport,” Bagger stated. “And I think it’s irrefutable — it’s ridiculous to suggest otherwise.”