Rachel McKinnon, a transgender cyclist penned an op-ed that was recently published in the New York Times. In the op-ed McKinnon states that trans athletes are not “the end of women’s sports.”
McKinnon was born a male and competed as a man until a few years ago. The op-ed, which was published on December 5, notes that McKinnon “broke the master’s women’s world record in the 200-meter time trial by 0.24 seconds with a time of 11.649 seconds” back in October.
After her win, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a story about her victory and added “Anyone wants to guess why??? This BS will destroy women’s sports and everything so many amazing female athletes have worked their entire lives to achieve. I couldn’t care less how you identify, but this isn’t right.”
Anyone want to guess why???
This BS will destroy women’s sports and everything so many amazing female athletes have worked their entire lives to achieve.
I couldn’t care less how you identify, but this isn’t right. https://t.co/oxLQip9pqR
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 21, 2019
“People are angry,” McKinnon adds, “because I’m a transgender woman, and I race in the women’s category.”
McKinnon goes on to talk about the massive amount of hate mail she receives.
“Soon after my win, Donald Trump Jr. threw a Twitter tantrum about me. I’ve seen a huge uptick in the volume of hate mail I’ve received in the weeks since. I have four people who monitor my Instagram to delete hateful messages; they’ve been overwhelmed by the volume. Twitter is far worse. I’ve received death threats, but I try not to dwell on them.”
McKinnon insists that anyone who claims she cheated is wrong because cycling’s governing body has approved her competition as a woman.
McKinnon also knocks down claims that she should race against men and stay out of the women’s categories. Why? Because her birth certificate now says he is a she.
“Many want me to race against men. I have news for them: I’m not allowed. I’m legally female. My birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, U.S. permanent resident card, medical records and my racing license all have an “F” on them. The Union Cycliste Internationale, USACycling, Cycling Canada, the Canadian and United States governments and the state of South Carolina all agree that I’m female.
“The rules require me to race in the women’s category,” McKinnon added. “That’s exactly where I belong: I am a woman, after all. I am female as well.”
McKinnon shares that her testosterone levels “are so low that they’re undetectable,” and they have been that way for several years.
McKinnon also stated that having a male body does not give her an advantage over naturally born women and says that cyclist Dawn Orwick has beaten her “more times than I’ve beaten her, head-to-head.”
After noting that the International Olympics Committee’s inclusion of trans athletes, McKinnon points out that none of the trans athletes who are set to enter Olympic competitions are favored to be winners of the games in their categories.
“Trans women are women,” she stated adding “We are female. And we are not taking over. No openly trans woman has set an open elite world record in any sport (remember: mine is in masters racing). No openly trans woman has won an elite world championship in any sport, let alone a medal.”
She adds that she has a “human right” to compete as her chosen gender.
“It is a human right to be able to compete. I will continue to show up. I hope you’ll consider cheering.”